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Scholarships to be given on basis of online attendance | Aurangabad News

Aurangabad: The state social justice department, in a major relief to students belonging to the schedule caste (SC) category, on Wednesday announced that beneficiaries of different post-matric scholarships and free-ships will get their dues for the 2020-21 academic year on the basis of online attendance.
In a letter addressed to the social welfare commissionerate, the state government has conveyed its resolve to this effect citing the outbreak of Covid-19. The eligible students having more than 75% online attendance in colleges will be granted the scholarships and free-ships.
“Academic activities in institutions of higher learning have been started during the unlock procedure announced by the government in a phased manner. In a relaxed condition, the state government did not mandate physical presence of students in classroom and asked to conduct online classes. Therefore, such online attendance of students will be considered for issuing post-matric scholarships,” Chandrakant Wade, desk officer with the social justice department said in a communication with the social welfare commissionerate.
Social activist Vishnu Dhobale said the decision to grant scholarships and free-ships to students on the basis of their virtual presence would boost the morale of beneficiary students belonging to the weaker section of the society.
“The weaker sections of the society were worst hit due to Covid-19 and timely help from the government would ensure beneficiary students to continue their studies despite crisis situation,” he said.

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