In a good news for students, government has decided to double the scholarships awarded annually under the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) from 1000 to 2000.
“The last revision was carried out a decade back and 1000 scholarships were awarded. From this year, we will give 2000 scholarships,” Human Resource Development minister Smriti Irani said at the 55th foundation day celebration of National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), which conducts NTSE. Roughly three lakh class X students appear for the test every year which comprises mental ability and scholastic ability tests.
The amount of scholarship given is Rs500 per month for all the students studying in Class XI onwards except for Ph.D programme, wherein it is paid as per University Grants Commission (UGC) norms. Emphasising on learning outcome in classes and the quality of teaching, the minister said a nation-wide assessment survey would be carried out by NCERT covering every district and every class to find the deficiencies so as to ‘course correct’ accordingly.