Geyzing, Aug 1
An awareness program on Scholarship Schemes under Social Justice, Empowerment and Welfare Department (SJE & WD), Government of Sikkim was held at the conference hall of West District Zilla Panchayat Bhawan, Geyzing today. The program had the presence of SDM(GEYZING) Tushar Nikhare, SDM(Dentam) Bimal Rai, Additional Secretary, Smt. Benu Gurung(SJE & WD), Dy Director Dorjee Tsh Bhutia, SrWO Santosh Kr. Allay, SWO Agni Chettri, Deputy Director/HRDD Tshering Panzo Sherpa etc. The program also had the presence of Principals & Headmasters, Asstt Professors, ADs, teachers Panchayat Presidents, RDAs and officers from various departments.
Resource person for the program Additional Secretary, Benu Gurung in her address laid down the objective of the awareness programme which was to inform and detail out the scholarship schemes that provides suitable financial assistance to students from various categories in order to enable them to pursue their education without any financial hurdles as well as to provide more extensive coverage of these scholarship schemes in all the
far off rural areas of the district. The Additional Secretary in her address spoke in detail about scholarships namely Post Matric scholarship for ST, SC and Central OBC students, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Post Matric Scholarship for EBC (State OBC) students, Pre Matric Scholarship for ST, SC, OBC and Minority students, Post Matric scholarship for Minority students, Merit-cum-means based scholarship for Minority Students, National Fellowship and Scholarship for Higher Education for ST students, Pre Matric and Post Matric Scholarship for students with disabilities. She further apprised the school heads about the criteria of both online and offline form application alongside laying down the eligibility to avail the scholarships under the department. Furthermore, she also discussed group wise fee and maintanence allowance under pre & post matric scholarship schemes. In the same manner, she brought into light that so far not a single disabled student has availed the pre-matric scholarship in West district while the applications for availing other scholarships by students under various categories has also been abysmal. Smt. Gurung in her address prompted the school heads and the officials of the Department of HRDD West to dessiminate robust awareness to the genuine students inorder to aid them through the scholarships provided by SJE&WD. She sought cooperation from the District Administration for helping the Department to gain momentum in widening the scholarship knowledge amongst widespread student groups. Tushar Nikhare, SDM/Gayzing called upon the panchayats to seriously scrutinise while recommending for Income Certificates to avoid issuance to regular employees as suggested by SDM Dentam Bimal Rai. He also requested School Heads to transmit this message regarding availing benefits of scholarships by our needy children to their feeder schools and instructed concerned SWO n SrWO to prepare calendar for conducting medical camps to assess children with special needs for issuing medical certificates. Coordinated by SrWO Santosh Kr Allay the program was concluded with the vote of thanks proposed by Dy Director/HQ/Welfare Dorjee Tshering Bhutia.