Bhubaneswar: As many as 35,440 meritorious students successfully cleared annual Class-X (matriculation) examination will be awarded the Chief Minister’s Merit Scholarship programme this year in Odisha.
A guideline has been prepared by the School & Mass Education department clearly mentioning about selection of the students and procedure to award the meritorious students the scholarship.
According to the guideline, the meritorious students of the state-run and government aided private Odia medium high schools approved by the Board of Secondary Education (BSE) with having highest marks in the Class-X examination will be covered under the CM Scholarship programme, which is going to begin from this year.
Sources in the School & Mass Education department said that 100 students from every block, 100 from Municipal Corporation, 50 from each municipality and 20 students from every NAC will get the scholarship. The students with having highest marks in science paper will receive the scholarship amount in case of more than one student find place in the bottom of the merit list. If the marks in science paper were equal, the marks in mathematics paper will be taken into consideration. If the students secured equal marks in mathematics, final list of eligible students will be prepared on the basis of the marks secured in the social science paper. Each student will receive Rs 5,000 as scholarship amount, which will be transferred to their bank account.
The students will be identified within one month of announcement of matric results.
The government has decided to constitute a committee headed by district collector for identification of the students for the scholarship. The panel will also comprise district education officer as the convener and all the block education officers as the members. The final merit list will be prepared for awarding the scholarship to the students after verifying the report submitted by the district education officers and BSE.
An allocation will be made in the annual budget by the S&ME department for scholarship. The funds will be sanctioned by June every year. The funds will be provided to the district education officer by July 15. The district education officer will transfer the scholarship amount to the eligible students at their bank accounts between August and September. A proof regarding transfer of amount will be forwarded to the BSE director within one month of the payment. The documents will be sent to the government after verification by the BSE.