The national education day saw the Central Government launching two different technical education related schemes for women and differently-abled children. Known as Pragati and Saksham, these schemes would be implemented by the AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education).
Pragati is aimed at encouraging the girl students to take up technical education. The scheme offers financial assistance to one girl in a family where the net annual income is below Rs 6 lakh. This assistance is offered on the merit in the qualifying examination.
Saksham, on the other hand, is aimed at supporting the differently-abled children who wish to take up technical education as a means to a successful career. Under Saksham, the Government would offer one thousand scholarships to such students hailing from a family earning less than Rs 6 lakh annually. These 1,000 students would be short listed with the help of a qualifying exam to take up higher education in AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) approved institutes.
The official statement from the ministry said that this money would help "students with disabilities achieve their college goals, despite learning issues, environmental challenges, or medical bills"