The Pre-Matric Scholarships Scheme and COVA Facilitation: A Report
Pre Matric Scholarship Scheme by Central and State governments have large budget allocations. In 2015-16, Rs.5482 crores were allocated for scholarships by the Central Government alone, however, the scheme remains grossly underutilized by students from economically disadvantaged sections. Reasons for under-utilization are lack of awareness about schemes & limitations in accessibility to internet, Aadhaar card linkages, not having a bank account & registration of schools with the concerned Ministries.
Mr A. K. Khan, IPS, Advisor to the Government of Telangana inaugurated the Free Online Scholarship Applications Program of COVA & ICAN for Pre Metric Scholarships on 4th July 2017.
This is a 3rd Generation Philanthropy Program designed to access the very large sums of government funds that are available for development of people but mostly remain unutilised.
COVA facilitates students to avail these scholarships by enabling them to:
- Obtain Aadhar cards, income certificates, caste certificates etc.
- The opening of bank accounts
- Enrolment of schools with the concerned departments &
- Online submission of forms by data entry operators equipped with laptops and dongles.
- And follow up with authorities for the release of funds.
As stated earlier, COVA facilitated 2500 students from 32 schools to apply for government scholarships with the help of donations of Rs. 1.62 lakhs during the year 2017-18. The scholarship amount is being released by the Government and it is expected that the students will get scholarships worth Rs. 75 lakhs at an average of Rs. 3000 each.
It is proposed to scale up the program from 2018-19 targeting at least 30,000 students to avail scholarships worth about 9 crores.
ACCESS TO PRE-MATRIC SCHOLARSHIPS
Pre Metric Scholarship Scheme by Central and State Governments have large budget allocations. In 2015-16, Rs.5482 Crores were allocated for scholarships by the Central Government alone; however, the scheme remains grossly underutilized by students from economically disadvantaged sections. The Project to facilitate accessibility to the scholarships was initiated by COVA for the year 2017-18 and 3,011 students of 32 schools of Hyderabad were facilitated to apply for government scholarships the year 2017-18
- Amount spent by COVA on the Project: 1.62 lakhs
- Amount of Scholarships Expected: Rs1,00,89,532
- Return on Investment (ROI) 1:63
*About 571 students of some of the schools had applied on their own. However, COVA undertook advocacy for these students also to ensure that their forms are also processed properly.