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Scholarship for Higher Education in Foreign Countries

New Delhi: The Ministry of HRD is implementing the scheme for providing financial assistance to students belonging to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and backward classes to pursue their higher education abroad.viz Central Scheme to provide lnterest Subsidy. Under the scheme full interest subsidy is provided during the period of moratorium i.e., Course Period plus one year or six months after getting job, whichever is earlier, on loans taken by students belonging to Economically Weaker Sections from scheduled banks under the Educational Loan Scheme of the lndian Banks` Association, for pursuing any of the approved courses of studies in technical and professional streams, from recognised institutions in lndia. The interest subsidy under the Scheme is available to the eligible students whose annual gross parental family income is not more than Rs. 4.5 lacs per year (from all sources) and is provided only once, either for the first undergraduate degree course or the post graduate degrees / diplomas in lndia. Interest Subsidy is, however, admissible for integrated courses (graduate + post graduate). The scheme is independent of any other schemes which may cater to Economically Weaker Sections. This information was given by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Irani in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha question. Improvement in the Learning Levels of Children The Central Government has financially supported States/UTs on early grade reading, writing & comprehension, and early mathematics programmes, while at upper primary level support is provided for mathematics and science teaching learning. To measure the learning outcomes, the Central government has provided support to States/UTs for conducting State Level Achievement Surveys (SLAS) during 2014-15. The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) conduct the National Achievement Surveys (NAS) at periodic interval to assess the learning levels of children in classes III, V and VIII. Three rounds of NAS have been conducted so far which reveal that the passing percentage of children in class V varies from 50 to 80 in various subjects. These achievement surveys indicate that the learning outcomes have improved in various subjects though they continue to be low. National Achievement Surveys are conducted for critical stages of school education namely, classes III, V,VIII and X. This information was given by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Irani in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha question.

About Sanjay Trivedi

Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He also served as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University.

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