According to an official on Thursday, almost 1,700 students have filed for the Financial Support Scheme (FSS) at Delhi University. The scheme is intended for students in the Economically Weaker Section (EWS). According to the official, the university has not yet examined the applications or released the final list of students who will be eligible for the scheme.
The deadline to apply for the scheme was January 31.
“We have received around 1,700 applications for the fee waiver scheme so far. The university through this scheme will extend the benefits of equity, access and quality with excellence, both in letter and spirit, to the financially weak students,” the official told PTI.
Delhi University had already announced the scheme in November of last year, in keeping with the government’s “Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas” motto.
All of the student fees, with the exception of the examination and hostel fees, are covered by the waiver.
Depending on their family’s income, students from economically weak backgrounds may receive a fee waiver of up to 100%. A bonafide university student studying full-time is eligible to apply.
According to the official, “A student with a family income of less than Rs 4 lakh (annually) will be eligible for up to 100 per cent fee waiver, while students with a family income of Rs 4 lakh to 8 lakhs can apply for a 50 per cent waiver.”
A list will be made to see who is eligible based on their family’s income, the official said.
“It will be seen whether the students are eligible for full waiver or half. In case of confusion, we might call the students for an interview,” the official said.
According to the official, students with ER (essential repeat) and arrears of previous examination papers are not eligible to apply.
The DU had asked applicants to submit copies of their fee receipts, copies of their parents’ income tax returns, if applicable, and an annual family income certificate for the previous financial year from the tehsildar or any equivalent competent authority.
Additionally, a copy of a bank passbook with the student’s name, account number, bank’s IFSC code, and a photo pasted wherever appropriate was required.