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e-ANUDAAN SHRESTA Scheme For Residential Education For Students in High Schools in Targeted Areas :

Organisation : e-ANUDAAN Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment
Facility Name : Scheme For Residential Education For Students in High Schools in Targeted Areas (SHRESTA)
Applicable State/UT : All India
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The scheme for Residential Education for Students in High Schools in Targeted Areas (SHRESHTA) has been conceived to provide access to high quality education to the students from Scheduled Caste communities.

The objective of SHRESHTA is to enhance the reach of development Intervention of the Government and to fill the gap in service deficient SCs dominant areas, in the sector of education through the efforts of grant-in-aid institutions (run by NGOs) and residential high schools offering high quality education and to provide environment for socio economic upliftment and over all development of the Scheduled Castes (SCs).

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The Scheme is further modified to provide easier access to the bright SC students in the best schools in the Country, thereby securing their future opportunities.

Selection Process of MSJE SHRESTA Scheme

a. Eligibility:
i. Only SC students studying in the recognized schools – Private or Government or Local Body schools are eligible.
ii. For admission in the Class 9, the student should have passed the Class 8 in the academic year immediately preceding the year of admission.
iii. For admission in the Class 11, the student should have passed the Class 10 in the academic year immediately preceding the year of admission.
iv. The parental income shall not be more than Rs. 2.5 lakhs per year.
v. The Caste and Income certificates shall be uploaded prior tothe web counselling.
vi. Students applying under this Scheme should not be coveredunder Pre-Matric Scholarship Scheme of the Department.

b. National Entrance Test for SHRESHTA (NETS):
i. The admission in schools would be based on the merit as obtained in the nation-wide merit test the “National Entrance Test for SHRESHTA (NETS)”.
ii. The NETS would be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA).
iii. The test would be conducted all over the county.
iv. The selected students would be offered choices of the SHRESHTA schools.
v. For exercising this option, a web counselling system shall be developed by the NIC. In order to ensure that all the seats are filled, there may be multiple rounds of web-counseling.

Selection of schools:
a. The best performing private residential schools identified based on the database of the CBSE, the residential schools recommended under SHRESHTA by District Authorities in 2021-22 and other eligible private residential schools affiliated to any other Board, including State Boards, recommended by District Authorities for participation in the scheme.

b. The schools should have been in existence for at least 5 years; should have more than 75% pass percentage in Class 10 and12 in the last 3 years, and should have adequate infrastructurefor admitting at least ten (10) additional SC students in classes 9th and 11th classes (together).

c. The schools will be required to give consent for admitting the students under SHRESHTA as per terms and conditions of the scheme.

d. A Selection Committee under the Chairmanship of Joint Secretary (in-charge of the scheme), a representative ofMinistry of Education and the Director Internal Finance Division in the Ministry would finalize the selection of these schools in the beginning of every year.

e. The schools so identified (hereinafter called as SHRESHTA schools) will be registered in the e-Anudaan portal along with the required school details and account details which shall be duly verified using the PFMS system.

f. School being funded by the Central Government (like NVS/EMRS (under 10% quota)/KGBV/State Govt. school etc.) including the schools covered under the scheme which have been funded under PM-AJAY/Samgra Shiksha Scheme/ PM SHRI Schools of DoSEL shall not be covered under this Scheme.

i. Once the school is selected by the student, the school would automatically, and without any further test, admit the student.
ii. The fee for the student covering the school fee (including tuitionfees etc.) and hostel fee (including mess charges) would be released directly to the schools by the Ministry within 30 days from the date of confirmation of admission on the IT portal.

iii. The school should provide hostel facilities for the students and provide necessary assistance for the students to settle down in the new environment. iv. The school may designate one of the teachers as the Counsellor, who would resolve the difficulties faced, if any, by the students.

v. The students admitted in Class 9 or 11, including the students admitted during the F.Y. 2021-22, shall automatically be funded for the next classes till they complete 12th class, subject to their passing the exams of the previous class.

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