Monday, August 10, 2009

Maharashtra Govt to hike minority students' allowance

Mumbai, Aug 9 (PTI) In the wake of 30 per cent drop out rate of minority students in secondary schools, Maharashtra Government has proposed to hike the attendance allowance of students studying in classes fifth to seventh from Rs 200 to Rs 2000 per year.

The state government also proposes to pay upto Rs 40,000 per year to minority students pursuing professional courses like BMS, MBA, MBBS, BDS and Ph.D.

"This is an effort to bring minority students in mainstream and increase their participation in school education," Minister of Minority Development Department Anees Ahmed told PTI.

As per the proposal, the students would get Rs 2,000 per year for maintaining minimum 70 per cent attendance, Ahmed said. Earlier, the students between first to fourth standard were getting Rs 200 per year, he added.