Now only government aided school students will be eligible for the National Scholarship Scheme for Economically Weaker Students (NMMS) examination. The State Examination Council announced the eligibility criteria for the examination. After the council’s decision, anger is being expressed from teachers, students and parents of unaided, self-financing schools.
NMMS exam is conducted in all districts in Maharashtra. While filling the information of eligible students in the NSP portal, it is seen that the students in the final result list are studying in private unaided, self-financing, partially unaided schools. Therefore, the students of government, government-aided, local self-government schools are not included in the eligibility list, so it is seen that they are deprived of scholarship. Henceforth unaided including Kendriya Vidyalaya, Jawahar Navadeya Vidyalaya, students availing of government hostel concession, catering and educational facilities, students studying in military schools will also not be eligible. The selection list of eligible students is being prepared.
There is a possibility of dispute over the decision of the council. According to teachers, NMMS is conducted for students in all schools in the state. Students who are promising, intelligent, poor and mostly from rural areas are participating. It benefits the studious and intelligent students of all schools. Therefore, the teachers say that such a decision is unfair to the students.
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A regular student studying in class VIII in a government, government-aided, local self-government institution, must have passed in class VII with 55% marks. The eligibility criteria have been clarified that if the student belongs to backward category, he/she should have passed with 50% marks, parents’ income should be less than three and a half lakhs.
The decision of the Maharashtra State Examination Council is wrong. Its Maharashtra State Permanent Unaided Schools Action Committee is protesting. Due to the decision meritorious students from hills, valleys and villages will be affected. Council should withdraw this letter immediately. I don’t understand why the government is making a fuss about merit based scholarships.
Ravindra Tammewar, Permanent Unaided Schools Action Committee