Chandigarh: In virtual presence of the representatives of Valmiki Sant Samaj on Valmiki Jayanti, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday formally launched the recently announced state’s own Dr BR Ambedkar Post Matric Scholarship scheme for the SC students.
He also virtually laid the foundation stone of the projects worth Rs 50 crore at Bhagwan Valmiki Tirath Sthal (Ram Tirath), Amritsar, to mark the auspicious occasion.
Participating in the Valmiki Jayanti celebrations here, the Chief Minister also virtually inaugurated a new Ram Tirath ITI, while give the go-ahead for the establishment of a Skill Development Centre to prepare Dalit students for competitive exams.
In addition, he announced an annual holiday under the Negotiable Instruments Act in remembrance of the great personality, and said that GNDU, Amritsar, will organise an Annual Seminar on Bhagwan Valmiki on the eve of his Birth Anniversary every year.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister distributed Post Matric SC Scholarship Certificates to SC students and congratulated the Valmiki Samaj for various schemes launched by the Technical Education and other Departments for the Dalit community in the state.
The scholarship scheme is aimed at ensuring free higher education for the poor SC students. The Government of India had unfairly deprived them of with its abrupt withdrawal of central aid of Rs 800 crore to the state, he said.
The scheme being launched without any financial contribution from the Centre, will provide complete fee waiver for the SC students. The students will also get monthly stipend to buy books, uniforms etc.
The scheme, which will benefit more than 3 lakh poor SC students every year, will involve no upfront payment by these students to government/private educational institutions. The institutes will provide free education to SC students under the scheme against direct subsidy from the state government, the Chief Minister announced.