The Government has decided to bring about a major change in the scholarship funds transfer mechanism.
All the funds for the central scholarships would now be transferred straight into the Bank Accounts of the students as a part of the DBT (Direct Benefit Transfer) program. The Government expects to curb student harassment and discrimination with this move.
The UGC (University Grants Commission) has directed all the higher education institutes in the country to ensure that the process is followed fluently. The UGC has directed the institutes to register with PFMS (Public Financial Management System). PFMS has been designed as the central platform for the registration of beneficiaries and the agencies involved.
The registration would help in verification of the scholarship applications received from the students' side. This would help the HRD ministry in sorting out the process and transferring the amount directly to the students' accounts.
It stated that "The uploaded applications on PFMS portal need to be validated by the institutes online without any delay to safeguard the interests of students and to prohibit discrimination and harassment of any student,"
The UGC has further directed the institutes to display all the latest scholarship programs and initiatives of HRD ministry on their websites' home page.
Furthermore, Najma Heptullah, the central minority affairs minister, has written to the Chief Ministers to ensure proper arrangements to ensure disbursement of post metric and other scholarships for the minorities through the DBT mechanism.
The decision is regarding the centrally sponsored scholarships, which have a 75% share of the centre and 25% from the states.