Kerala: KCBC urges Centre to repeal new regulations | Thiruvananthapuram News

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: KCBC (Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council) commission for education has urged the Union government to repeal the new regulations introduced for selection of candidates eligible for central government’s pre-metric scholarship for students belonging to minority communities.
The commission said the new conditions, introduced in the last minute, could deny the benefit of the scholarship to hundreds of eligible students. Till last year, the scholarship was given on the basis of an affidavit submitted by the parent and the details available on their ration card. However, a recent order had made income certificate from revenue authorities a mandatory document for scholarship.
“There was nothing about income certificate in the scholarship notification issued on August 25. There was no reference about separate income certificate in two other subsequent orders. However, a recent order says that all candidates should submit income certificates, latest by December 31, for claiming the scholarship benefits. Parents and students are finding it difficult to obtain certificate from village offices in short notice. This is a matter of serious concern, especially in the pandemic times,” the commission said in a statement here.
Students belonging to minority communities are eligible for the pre-metric scholarship by the Union ministry of minority affairs. Those who have an academic score of minimum 50% are eligible for the scholarship, provided their family’s annual income is less than lakh. The commission has sent a letter to Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and union minority commission seeking relaxations in producing income certificates within limited time.

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