The time when a cobbler’s son became a cobbler, or a rickshaw puller’s son followed in his father’s footsteps is gone, said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as the Delhi Government launched its Jai Bhim Mukhyamantri Pratibha Vikas Yojna on Saturday, to train underprivileged youth and help them crack competitive exams.
Deeply inspired by the life and struggles of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, this initiative by the Delhi government will fund 75% of the coaching cost for marginalised sections like SC/ ST, minorities and other youth restrained by weak financial backgrounds.
While the scheme is stipulated to be rolled out this month for 100 youth, it will later be extended to 5,000 students the following year.
The aim is to prioritise education among the weaker sections and give them the right training and platform to beat poverty through education. This initiative hopes to increase the number of people from underprivileged background working in sectors like banking, railways, insurance sectors, IAS and IPS, the CM expressed, according to a TOI report.
Under the Jai Bhim Mukhyamantri Pratibha Vikas Yojna, selected youth from Delhi will receive intensive coaching to crack competitive exams at established centres. Apart from coaching for different Group A and B competitive exams, the youth will also be trained for banking and insurance, medical and engineering exams.
While the Delhi Government will fund 75% of the admissible coaching fees, all students who come from an extremely weak financial background where the annual family income is less than ₹2 lakh, the coaching will be provided completely free of cost.
The initiative will help bridge the jarring gap that exists when underprivileged youth want to access quality coaching in comparison to their privileged counterparts.
“No one who belongs to the marginalised or underprivileged sections of the society, will be denied coaching in the best of the institutes,” the CM said.
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