UGC for more higher education grants

KATHMANDU: Student Financial Support Fund Development Committee (SFSFDC) under the University Grant Commission (UGC) is all set to provide scholarships to meritorious students from poor and disadvantaged communities across the country, in a bid to make higher education more accessible.

The scholarships will be provided to students studying in Intermediate and Bachelor levels.

The main objective of the plan is to provide opportunity of higher education to hardworking students from poor and backward communities across the country, said Prof Dr Ram Dev Tiwari, executive director, SFSFDC.

"Each deserving student will be provided Rs 16,000 and Rs 42,000 per year in the Intermediate and Bachelor levels, respectively, in installments," he said.

The scholarship programme was launched last year in 22 districts in mid-western and far-western regions except Humla and Jumla districts. Since this year, the committee has extended the plan to all 75 districts.

Students at community schools apply for the scholarship while studying in Grade X. The SFSFDC publishes the first list of scholarship recipients but the final list comes only after the students submit the proof of admission in the Intermediate level to authorities concerned.

A total of 300 students in the Plus Two and 300 in the Bachelor level got scholarships last year.

"We have already published the first list of scholarship recipients this year out of 13,405 applicants. One thousand students in the Intermediate level and 800 in the Bachelor level have been short listed," Dr Tiwari said.