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The state government has decided to allot unique identification numbers to all students in the state who enrol into the fee reimbursement scheme from this academic year. The move is aimed at preventing misuse of the scheme following complaints that some students had claimed multiple benefits under the scheme.
The decision was taken in the Cabinet meeting held at the Secretariat on Wednesday. The unique ID, will remain unchanged till a particular student completes the course.
The Cabinet has also approved the “modified” guidelines for the fee reimbursement and scholarship schemes as recommended by the Group of Ministers (GoM) to curb malpractices.
As per revised norms, students who fail in their examinations will no longer be eligible for the scheme. Students who do not have the stipulated 75 per cent attendance will be dropped from the scheme.
Students who fail in first year of their engineering degree might not get benefits of fee reimbursement scheme from the coming academic year.
The tahasildar, who issues the income certificates, will now be made accountable for any discrepancy. In addition, students will have to submit a redesigned income declaration form to avail of the scheme. The form should be duly signed by a notary on a Rs10 judicial stamp paper.
The state government also came out with stringent norms pertaining to the free corporate education scheme for the weaker sections.
Students whose parents own a car for personal use are not eligible to claim the benefit. The corporate colleges that admit these students should ensure that they pass all the examinations as well. No payment will be made to the colleges if the students drop out or fail in the exams.
Stating that income certificate of family is a must to avail fee reimbursement, the state government on Thursday reiterated its commitment to weed out malpractices by college managements that have been exploiting the scholarship and tuition fee reimbursement schemes.
The state government will soon sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to this effect with the corporate colleges willing to admit students under this scheme.
Moreover, students who get admission under the management quota or through spot admissions and are subsequently transferred to the convenor quota will not be eligible for fee reimbursement and scholarship schemes.
The state has also fixed a ceiling of Rs 20,000 per annum for the reimbursement of the fees for self-financed courses. If the course fee is more than the limit set by the state, the students need to bear the additional cost themselves.