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State Minorities body bags award

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APSMFC gets ‘SKOCH award 2010' for its Online Scholarship Management System

Hyderabad: The A.P. State Minorities Finance Corporation (APSMFC) has bagged the “SKOCH award 2010” for its Online Scholarship Management System (OSMS). Union Minister for Urban Development, S. Jaipal Reddy, presented the award to Corporation vice chairman and managing director, Mohd. Ilyas Rizvi, at a function in Delhi the other day.

The jury members considered the OSMS as one of the best project and practice in India for minority students. The award recognises best practices in area of digital inclusion, financial inclusion and social inclusion. Most of the minority departments enjoy the dubious distinction for laxity and sluggish work culture. But the APSMFC, however, begs to differ. It has sort of broken new ground in e-governance. The Corporation has earlier received the e-India 2010 prize for best run projects in e-governance.

The website designed by the APSMFC has cut down the number of processes involved from 24 in the manual system to just six now. The user friendly site acts as a disbursement gateway that interacts with banks payment gateway and helps disburse the scholarship amount directly into the students' bank accounts.

“The whole process is accurate and transparent. There is no way anyone can dupe or mislead”, says Mr. Rizvi.

The Corporation switched over to online scholarship system in 2008-09 and has been constantly working to improve it. Every year lakhs of students are availing pre and post-matric scholarships issued by both Government of India and State government. Apart from being transparent, the online system has gone a long way in empowering the minority community. Poverty stricken men and women who know next to nothing about online application are making a beeline to cybercafés to avail scholarship.

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