The Odisha ST and SC Development Department will be opening seven centres of Excellence in SC and ST Schools across the state. The Centre will admit 320 category students every year with provisions for free education and also encourage the students of Higher Secondary Schools towards Higher Education. The Centre of Excellence is being formed to identify and nurture the potential ST/SC students from a young age for higher education in Medical and Engineering courses.
Students selected based on 10th merit
The students will be selected based on the class 10 merit and a selection test from among the students who have passed the matric SSD High Schools. According to reports more than 30,000 ST/SC students appear for the Annual Higher Secondary School Examinations.
MoU has been signed with the Coaching Agencies selected for the programme which will provide on-site Medical and Engineering coaching and preparatory training to the students selected in the Centres of Excellence.
Was delighted to hand over 200 tablets from MPLAD for meritorious SC & ST students of our state who would be given specialised coaching for engineering & medical examinations under Chatra Protshahan Scheme of GoO. Thank @Naveen_Odisha & @stscdev for such a historic intervention. pic.twitter.com/A5AlfaAGMm— Dr. Amar Patnaik (@Amar4Odisha) October 4, 2021
During the inauguration event conducted for the scheme, Dr. Amar Patnaik handed over 200 tablets from the MPLAD Funds for the students who will be a part of the programme. The tablets have been given for specialised coaching for Engineering and Medical exams under the Chatra Protsahan Scheme of the Government of Odisha.