Scholarships to poor upper caste students
Chief Minister releases Sushilkumar Shinde’s biography in Telugu
The State Government has decided to provide scholarships to students hailing from economically backward sections in upper castes on par with their counterparts of Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Backward Class communities from the next academic year.
The Government is prepared to incur annual expenditure to the tune Rs. 2,500 crore to Rs. 3,000 crore towards payment of scholarships for deserving students.
“We are committed to see that no section suffers for want of opportunities,” Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy said.
Dr. Reddy who formally released the Telugu translation of senior Congress leader Sushilkumar Shinde’s biography, who wrote my destiny, here on Monday recalled his close association with Mr. Shinde who was former Governor of the State and the inspiration he drew from the latter’s work for empowerment of Dalits and downtrodden sections.
University Grants Commission chairman Sukhdev Thorat said Mr. Shinde, a Dalit leader, is a personification of convergence of emotion, thought and action.
Official Language Commission chairman A.B.K. Prasad who translated the book explained about the contributions of Mr. Shinde for the uplift of the SC/ST and Backward Class communities, the notable among them being his struggle for reservations for these sections in private sector.
Author of the book P.R. Subhas Chandran proposed a vote of thanks.