NEW DELHI, Sept 11 � Union Minister for Human Resources Development, Smriti Irani, today announced that the UGC has launched a special scholarship scheme � �Ishan Uday� � for students of the Northeast from the academic session 2014-15.
Addressing a press conference, Irani said that the scheme envisages grant of 10,000 scholarships to students from the Northeast, whose parental income is below Rs 4.5 lakh per annum and they would be provided scholarship ranging from Rs 3,500 to 5,000 per month for studying at undergraduate level in colleges and universities of the country.
�Ishan Vikas� is a comprehensive plan to bring selected students from the school and college levels from the north-eastern States into close contact with the IITs, NITs and IISERs during their vacation periods.
A typical visit is envisaged for a period of 10 days to one of these institutions, in the form of either an exposure or an internship programme, she said.
Each school will send one teacher to accompany a group of about 32 students of class IX and X. The college students would be organised in two groups in summer and in winter, each consisting of 32 students. About 2016 college students and 504 teachers from NE will be visiting premier institutes like IIT, NIT and IISERs in an academic year.
The summer internship for students from the engineering colleges with stipends and travel will be taken up. From 25 institutions, about 250 students will be visiting 16 IITs and six NITs (to start with, six NITs are being considered) per year, the Minister added.