Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Scholarship for kids of martyred cops

Soumittra S Bose, TNN 15 July 2009, 04:25am IST

NAGPUR: The children of cops who laid down their lives while on duty are being offered scholarships from the Police Memorial Fund by the central

government, to meet expenses of higher studies for the academic year 2009-10. The application format, which has already been received by several units in the country, including the city police, has been sent for students pursuing both professional and university courses in the novel initiative.

The ministry of home affairs, which has chosen Intelligence Bureau as the implementing agency, has invited applications by October this year from children of non-gazetted officials (constabulary up to officers of sub-inspector rank) who have attained martyrdom. The monetary help will be given to 15 students from each unit.

Students pursuing MBBS, BE, BTech and other such professional courses would be offered Rs 15,000 while those pursuing regular courses at institutions affiliated to recognised Universities will get Rs 5,000. Five scholarships would be for students of professional courses while 10 would be for regular courses. Initially, 15 applications have been invited from each unit, but more would be entertained as per the merit of the applicants.
A Police Memorial Fund (PMF) screening committee, comprising senior officials of IB and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), has been constituted to validate claims as per merit and allow excess applications if any.

"Every unit would distribute forms among sub-units to reach all possible applicants. In the city, we will send the forms to the police stations, crime branch, traffic branch and other sub-units functioning under the commissionerate," said a senior officer of the department. "We will might few such applicant in the city as not many cops in the city have attained martyrdom," he said, adding the number in places like Naxal-affected Gadchiroli and such places would be overwhelming.

According to another senior officer, the amount could have been bigger as the cost of education is rising. "For regular university courses Rs 5,000 may be okay, but Rs 15,000 annually for professional courses may not fully support the needs of a student from a weak economic background. Nevertheless, it is a help for students who have lost their fathers," said the officer. Apart from testimonials, the applicants are also required to mention the situation under which their fathers lost their life while dispensing their duties.

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