New Delhi, July 13: The government of India's in its mission of 'inclusive development' awarded 42,476 Merit-cum-means Scholarships during 2011-12 to the students belonging to the minority communities studying in technical and professional courses.
Merit-cum-means Scholarship scheme, run under the Ministry of Minority Affairs, is meant to help students belonging to the Minority communities studying in technical and professional courses.
According to data released by the ministry, of the total some 32,723 scholarships were given to students belonging to the Muslim community; 5,764 went to the Christian students; 3,463 to Sikh students; 516 to Buddhist students and 10 to the Parsi students.
Crossing the stipulated 30% scholarship for girls, in fiscal 2011-12 it reached 36.82%.
The ministry sanctioned Rs 115.72 crore during 11-12.
For year 2012-13, the ministry has made budgetary provision of Rs 220 crore for the scheme and increased the target to 80,000 scholarships.
Since its launch in 2007-08, the scheme has benefited total 1,62,967 students from all minority sections of the society.