New Delhi: Thaawarchand Gehlot, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment presented “Dr. Ambedkar National Merit Awards- 2017” to meritorious SC/ST students at a function organized by Dr. Ambedkar Foundation under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment here.
For the year 2017, there were 336 Awardees at the Secondary school level and 529 Awardees at the Sr. Secondary level across 29 Boards / Councils in India. Out of this, 190 Awardees i.e. 104 at Secondary and 84 at Senior Secondary level participated in the Award function.
Addressing the awardees, Gehlot said that it is very heartening to know that 27 students have secured 99% marks in their examinations and many more students have secured more than 90% marks in their examination. He opined that the Sports and physical activities should also be incorporated into the curriculum as Sports activities make a person disciplined. He said that National Merit Awards presentation will encourage other promising students to perform better.
Dr. Ambedkar Foundation (DAF) was set up on 24th March 1992 and the Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment is the Chairperson of the Foundation. The award scheme was started in the year 2002-03 and is being implemented by the Dr. Ambedkar Foundation for recognizing the meritorious performance of the SC/ST students of Secondary School Examination (class 10th) and for SC Students at the Senior Secondary School Examination (12th) level in all Streams i.e. Science, Humanities and Commerce. The Information regarding the performance was sought by the Foundation from all 29 Central/State Boards in the Country.
The Ministers of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Krishan Pal Gurjar, Vijay Sampla and Joint Secretary and Member Secretary of Dr. Ambedkar Foundation Rashmi Chowdhary were present on the occasion.
Under the Scheme, the Cash Award of Rs.60,000/-, Rs.50,000/- and Rs.40,000/- is given to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd highest marks holders respectively (amongst the category), along with a Merit Citation and Books on Dr. Ambedkar and a copy of the Constitution of India to the Awardees. Girl students securing highest marks, in case the above list does not include a girl student, are also given a cash award of Rs.40,000/-. In addition, 250 special merit awards of Rs.10,000/- each is given to SC and ST students securing next highest marks, after first, second and third position, based on the state-wise population of SC and ST.
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