The Indian education system already follows a policy of reservation for students belonging to the lower castes of SC and ST. To add to this, the Delhi government under Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has launched a scheme called ‘Jai Bhim Mukhyamantri Pratibha Viskas Yojana’ where SC/ST students will get a free entrance coaching for civil services, judicial services, banking, engineering, medicine, and other competitive examinations. The scheme was announced on 9 December 2017.
According to a report in IANS, “Under the ‘Jai Bhim Mukhyamantri Pratibha Viskas Yojana’, the Delhi government will provide free coaching for SC/ST students through known and established coaching institutions.” The scheme, in the chief minister’s word, is to realize Baba Saheb Ambedkar’s dreams of equal education to all. His vision is to spread quality educational opportunities to the vulnerable and marginal sections of the society.
About the Jai Bhim Mukhyamantri Pratibha Viskas Yojana:
- Initially, 100 students will get the benefit from the scheme and it will extend to 5,000 students.
- The assistance will also depend on the family income. If a student’s family income is less than Rs 2 lakh then he/she will get 100 per cent assistance, while the family income is between Rs 2 and Rs 6 lakh, he/she will get 75 per cent assistance.
- Apart from coaching, students will also get a stipend of Rs 2,500 per month.
The courses for which the Coaching will be imparted shall be as follows:
i) Group A and B examinations conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) and the various Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs);
ii) Group A and B examinations conducted by the State Public Service Commissions;
iii) Officers’ Grade examinations conducted by Banks, Insurance Companies and Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs)
iv) Premier Entrance Examinations for admission in (i) Engineering (eg. IIT-JEE & AIEEE),(ii) Medical (eg. AIPMT), (iii)professional courses like Management (eg. CAT) and Law (eg. CLAT) and (iv) such other disciplines
v) Finishing courses/Job oriented courses for employment in the private sector
like IT, Bio-technology etc. in need of soft skill and other professional courses specified by the Government from time to time.
It is usually seen that large sections of students migrate to the national capital to prepare for these competitive exams. A scheme such as this would help those from the weaker and underprivileged sections to perform much better in such exams. It would also give a great impetus to the human resource development.