The School Education Department has ordered to implement Scheme for Residential Education for Students in High Schools in Targeted Areas (SHRESHTA) to provide seats for the meritorious Schedule Caste (SC) boys and girls in the best private residential schools.
Authorities have said that the students would be selected for admission in Class 9 and Class 11 under the scheme for academic year 2023-24.
This was revealed by the Divisional Coordinator of Directorate of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) in a communiqué to Chief Education Officers.
The news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) has leant that the officer has said, “In this connection, I am directed to forward copies of the communication received from Administrative department of School Education regarding Implementation of SHRESHTA Scheme for 2023-24 for your information and with the request to take necessary action in the matter under intimation to DSEK.”
In the meantime, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment for Government of India (GoI) has said that the implementation of SHRESHTA scheme will provide more opportunities for meritorious SC Boys and Girls to study in the best residential schools in the country. “The scheme is being implemented from the academic year 2022-23.”
“Every year, the best CBSE schools with residential facilities would be selected for the scheme. Each selected school is expected to provide admission for at least 10 meritorious SC Boys and Girls selected through the National Entrance Test,” it reads.
It also states that the entry for students would be in class 9 and 11 for completion of education upto class 12.
The ministry also said, “The selection of the students would be done through the National Entrance Test for SHRESHTA (NETS) conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). Every year 3000 students would be provided fresh admissions under the scheme.
GoI also said, “The cost of education of the students will be borne by the Government as per rates by directly transferring the money to the school electronically. Apart from this, there would be separate grants for conducting bridge courses if needed for the students.”—(KNO)