Ad for Delhi Govt’s Scholarship Scheme Omits Minority Students


Representative image for Minority Students

This scheme includes minorities but same is missing in this advert. Please complain and agitate, says Zafarul Islam Khan through a Tweet

Waquar Hasan | Clarion India

NEW DELHI – The Revenue Department of the Delhi government has put out public notice on its website about the state-funded scholarship for minority students from class 1 to 12. Eyebrows were raised after a public notice inviting scholarship application of students of Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes and OBCs (Other Backward Communities) in a newspaper did not mention the minorities.

On Wednesday, former chairman of Delhi Minorities Commission Zafarul Islam Khan shared the screenshot of the public notice inviting scholarship application put out by the Delhi government and pointed out the omission of minorities from the government notice.

Khan told Clarion India that the issue was that this public notice used to also mention minorities every year. But the notice of this year did not mention the minorities. He said that when he came across the notice and found missing minorities from there, he informed the current chairman of the Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC). He said that he does not know the reason behind the exclusion of the minorities from there.

When Clarion India tried to dig up the matter, it found that the website, where students were asked to apply for the scholarship, is flashing a message which asked minority students to contact the Revenue Department of Delhi government for the scholarship.

“Since the minority welfare related work are dealt by the Revenue Department. Hence, minority students are requested to contact Revenue Department and see the Revenue Department website,” read the message.

On the website of Revenue Department, there is a link of the public notice under ‘What’s New’ section titled “Instruction for applying scholarship schemes or Fee reimbursement for minority students or Instruction for institutes Guidelines 2021”.

The notice, which explains the eligible criteria for acquiring scholarship, asks the minority students to apply for the scholarship on e-district portal but it did not talk about the deadline for applying it. The notice was updated on February 4 this year.

The public notice put out in the newspaper by the SC/ST Welfare Department for the SC/ST and OBC students mentioned the deadline for scholarship application till April 30. And it asked to apply on the website

The notice with regard to minority students talks about three type of scholarship:

1Reimbursement of Tuition Fees for Minorities categories students studying in class I to XII;

2- Merit Scholarship to Minority categories students studying in Professional/Technical Colleges/Institutions/Universities; and

3- Dr. B.R. Ambedkar State Award to Minorities students.

There are different terms and conditions for all three applications. For the first and second type of scholarships, students must be resident of Delhi for the last three years and there is an income limit of parents – Rs. 3 Lakh per anum. In the third category, Amebdkar state award is given to toppers in each discipline. There is no income limit in it. There is a condition that students must have passed his\her 10th and 12th class from Delhi.

For Minority students, declaration by parent/guardian in prescribed format that his son/daughter belongs to a particular minority community requires to be uploaded on the portal.

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