The Chief Minister of Punjab, Amarinder Singh formally launched Dr. B R Ambedkar Post Matric SC Scholarship scheme on Saturday. This scheme was recently announced by the state government in the midst of an alleged scam in the scholarship scheme. The state CM also virtually laid the foundation stone of projects worth Rs. 50 crore at Bhagwan Valmiki Tirath Sthal (Ram Tirath), Amritsar on the prosperous occasion of the Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti.
The Chief Minister took part in the Valmiki Jayanti celebrations and virtually inaugurated a new Ram Tirath ITI. He then gave his approval for the setup of a Skill Development Center to prepare Dalit candidates for competitive exams. Apart from this, the state CM also announced an annual holiday under the Negotiable Instruments Act in memory of the popular personality. He further stated that GNDU, Amritsar will conduct an annual seminar on Bhagwan Valmiki on the occasion of his birth anniversary every year.
After launching the scheme, the state CM said it will help poor candidates to acquire free higher education. He highlighted that the state government is dedicated to the wellbeing of the SC candidates. Amarinder Singh said that the scheme will deliver a 100 percent fee waiver to the SC candidates. It is a state-owned scheme launched without any sort of financial contribution from the centre.
With this scheme, more than 3 lakh poor students belonging to Scheduled Castes will be benefitted every year. Moreover, this scheme doesn’t involve upfront payment by them to the government or private educational institutions. The institutes will offer free education to the SC students as part of this scheme against direct subsidy from the state government. Also, the students will receive a monthly stipend to purchase books and uniforms.
He gave some details regarding Bhagwan Valmiki Tirath Sthal (Ram Tirath) projects. It includes facade lights worth Rs. 10.9 crore, a panorama on Maharishi Valmiki worth Rs. 25 to 30 crore, and a filtration plant in the Sarovar worth Rs. 4.75 crore, furniture for the Sarai worth Rs. 2 crores, and construction of a parikrama worth Rs. 1.3 crore.
He virtually inaugurated the temporary campus of the ITI at Ram Tirath. He said that the institute will help in creating more job opportunities for young aspirants. Almost 90 trainees had been admitted to the institute till now. By 2021, the count of students will increase to 240. He further stated that the number of courses will also be increased from the current 4 to 9. Charanjit Singh Channi, the technical education minister said that the institute will be progressed as a state-of-the-art facility.
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