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Scheme for Residential Education for Students in High Schools in Targeted Areas (SHRESHTA)

  • Published
    29th Dec, 2023
Context

Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment implements Central Sector Scheme namely Scheme for Residential Education for Students in High Schools in Targeted Areas (SHRESHTA).

Key Highlights
  • Objective of SHRESHTA Scheme
    • Development Intervention: SHRESHTA aims to enhance government development interventions in SC-dominant areas, specifically focusing on education and socio-economic upliftment.
    • Filling Service Gaps: The scheme addresses service deficiencies by supporting grant-in-aid institutions run by NGOs and residential high schools to provide high-quality education to SC students.
  • Implementation Modes
    • Mode 1: SHRESHTA Schools (Best CBSE/State Board Schools)
      • Selection Process: Meritorious SC students are selected through the National Entrance Test for SHRESHTA (NETS) conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA).
      • Admission Criteria: Students are admitted to the best private residential schools based on merit, ensuring completion of education till the 12th standard.
    • Mode 2: NGO/VO Operated Schools/Hostels (EXISTING COMPONENT)
      • Grant Provision: Schools/Hostels run by VOs/NGOs receive grants for school fee and residential charges for SC students. Grants are based on the type of school and residential arrangement.
  • Financial Provisions
    • Total Fee Coverage: The department covers the total fee for SC students, including school fee and hostel charges, with admissible fees ranging from Rs. 1,00,000 to Rs. 1,35,000 for classes 9th to 12th.
    • Bridge Course: A 10% fee for a bridge course is incorporated to enhance students' capabilities to adapt to the school environment.
  • Monitoring Mechanism
    • Real-time Data Management: A Data Management Information System (MIS) is established for real-time collection and dissemination of progress, ensuring better reporting on output outcome indicators.
    • Surveillance Measures: Institutions are required to install closed-circuit cameras for live feed availability, and field visits by inspection teams are mandated.
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