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01 August 2011

MP govt. abolishes condition of returning to India after studies abroad

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By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: The students belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes who visit abroad to imbibe education under the Madhya Pradesh government's scheme will be exempted from the condition of returning to India after studies. The state Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that students of Madhya Pradesh should go abroad, get lucrative employment there, earn money and brighten the state's name.

Mr. Chouhan was undertaking tri-monthly review of SC, ST Welfare Department here on Thursday. Department's Minister Kunwar Vijay Shah, Minister of State Mr. Harishankar Khatik and Chief Secretary Mr. Avani Vaish were also present on the occasion.

The Chief Minister said that the very objective of Madhya Pradesh government's scheme for sending talented SC, ST students abroad to pursue technical or other specialised studies is that students of these classes should also move ahead by acquiring higher education. The rule regarding condition of returning to the country after studies is not practical. Why should this rule become a hurdle if such students get lucrative jobs in foreign countries?

Chief Minister Mr. Chouhan said that monitoring should be undertaken that students get their scholarships in time. He also instructed for undertaking review of self-employment schemes of the department at the minister level. He instructed to present a report within 15 days on how the format of self-employment schemes can be improved in the present context. He instructed to urge the Central Government to change the name of the scholarship scheme for children of families engaged in unclean trades.

Mr. Chouhan instructed to complete constructions works of the department within stipulated time. He said that action should be taken by fixing time-limit of unfinished construction works. The construction agencies must utilise funds immediately. The tendency of funds held up by agencies is improper, he added.
At the meeting, Minister Kunwar Vijay Shah said that there is a proposal to open English-medium schools in every development block in the state under PPP mode. Suggestions for this will be sought from the private sector. Kunwar Shah also informed that efforts are being made to tune up departmental sports complexes as per norms laid down by Sports Authority of India. Chief Minister Mr. Chouhan said that this work should be undertaken with the cooperation of Sports and Youth Welfare Department.

Principal Secretary SC, ST Welfare Mr. Devraj Virdi, Director, Tribal Research and Development Institute Mr. Devendra Singhai, Director, Tribal Area Development Schemes, Managing Director of MP State Cooperative Scheduled Caste Finance and Development Corporation Ms Sunila Singh and other concerning officers were also present on the occasion.

[Pervez Bari is a Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

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