Free Coaching Scheme for Scheduled Caste (SC) and Other Backward Class (OBC) Students

GOVERNMENT  OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE AND EMPOWERMENT 

LOK SABHA

STARRED QUESTION NO. 474
TO BE ANSWERED ON 05.04.2022

FREE COACHING  SCHEME FOR SC/OBC STUDENTS

474. SHRIMATI KAVITHA MALOTHU
        SHRI PASUNOORI  DAYAKAR

Will the Minister of SOCIAL JUSTICE AND EMPOWERMENT  be pleased to state:

(a) whether any assessment has been made regarding functioning of Free Coaching Scheme for Scheduled Caste (SC) and Other Backward Class (OBC) Students, if so, the details thereof;

FREE COACHING  SCHEME FOR SC/OBC STUDENTS

(b) the details of institutes  identified to provide  coaching to SC and OBC students for various competitive examinatons in Telangana;

(c) the details of SC and OBC students benefitted from the above scheme in the country during each of the last two years and the current year in Telangana and Tamil Nadu, district-wise;

(d) the number  of students who have achieved success by getting seats in professional  courses for which they have taken coaching under the above scheme;

(e) the mode of implementation  being  followed for this scheme currently and  since when this mode is being followed; and

(f) the list of coaching  institutes currently empanelled  under the scheme in Tamil Nadu  along with date of empanelment and grant-in-aid received by them under the scheme, district-wise?

ANSWER
MINISTER OF SOCIAL JUSTICE AND EMPOWERMENT

(DR. VIRENDRA KUMAR)

(a) to (f):  A statement is laid on the Table of the House.

Statement referred to in reply to Part (a) to (t) of Lok Sabha Starred Question No. 474 for 05.04.2022 regarding 'Free Coaching Scheme for SC/OBC Students'

(a):   The Free Coaching Scheme for SC/OBC Students is reviewed/assessed from time to time to evaluate the efficiency and efficacy of its implementation. In the year 2020, an third-party evaluation study of the scheme was got conducted . Further, in the year 2020-21, feedback was obtained from the beneficiary students through online survey/telephonic interaction to ascertain that the students were coached as per provisions of the scheme and the beneficiary students were not subjected to any irregularity or harassment. Based on the outcome of these assessments, punitive actions have been taken against some institutes, including financial penalties and/or de­ empanelment. Further, in the year 2020-21, a new mode of implementation of the scheme (namely Mode 2) was introduced wherein students are selected based on merit, directly by the Department and they have the liberty to select any coaching institute of their choice. From the year 2022-23, it has been decided to operate the scheme in this new mode of implementation only.

(b):   No institute from Telangana has been empanelled under the scheme.

(c): Being a Central Sector Scheme, it is implemented by the department and grant-in-aid is released directly to the coaching institutes/students. Therefore, State/District wise data of beneficiary students is not maintained. During 2019-20, 4346 slots were allotted to the 47 empaneled institutes in the country. Of these, I 00 slots were allotted to Shankar IAS Academy, Shanthi Colony, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, the only empanelled institute under the scheme in the State of Tamil Nadu. During 2020-21, no coaching under the scheme could be held due to enforcement of covid related restrictions on educational activities in the country.

(d): As reported by the empanelled coaching institutes, total 1520 students have succeeded in getting admission/employment for which he/ she has obtained coaching under the scheme during the period of 2016-17 to 2019-20. No coaching was undertaken during 2020-21 due to covid related restrictions.

(e): The scheme was being implemented in one mode till 2019-20  wherein  financial assistance was provided  to students studying in institutes empaneled under the scheme. As mentioned in reply to point (a) above, during 2020-21, a new mode i.e. Mode 2 was introduced. It has been decided that from 2022-23, the scheme will be implemented through Mode 2 only.

(f): One coaching institute i.e. Shankar IAS Academy, Shanthi Colony, Chennai, Tamil Nadu was empanelled under the scheme in 2016-17  and  has  continued  to  be  empaneled  since then. However, as per the decision taken, it has been decided that the scheme shall operate in Mode 2 only from 2022-23. A total of Rs. 1,67,64,700/- has been released to Shankar IAS Academy under the scheme till date.


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