Post-Matric scholarships for the students from weaker section of the society such as SC, ST, OBC, BC (Backward class) and EBC (extremely backward classes) will continue to enable them to pursue higher studies. Nitish Kumar also made it clear that department is working diligently to make sure that these scholarships are given to genuine students who are enrolled in genuine institutions. It has happened in the past that the students enrolled in bogus institution have availed of scholarship which was meant for SC categories.
"Misgivings are being spread vis-a-vis post-matriculation scholarship. It will continue till 2016-17. Those (students) who have been availing scholarships will continue to avail it (scholarship) till completion of their education," Kumar said.
The CM also said " government will carry out study and review about the 'student credit card scheme' after the completion of 2017-18 in order to find out whether or not the scheme has benefitted students belonging to SC, ST, EBC and BC. It will be completely "optional" for students to avail of either 'Student Credit Card' facility or 'post matriculation scholarship. Students cannot avail the benefits of both the schemes."
"We thought that we will not have to give scholarship to anyone as we have launched a universal credit card scheme for students. In education loan, the union ministry of HRD gives guarantee to banks on the loan while the state government gives guarantee to banks for not only the 'credit' but also gives guarantee on 'interest." the CM said