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Toppers selected for scholarship

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MADURAI: Based on marks scored in the recent Plus Two examinations, 244 students from the district have been selected for the science scholarship of the Department of Science and Technology.

The list of selected candidates was sent to the School Education Department officials here by the Directorate of School Education, Chennai, and it was prepared based on the performance in Class XII State Board examinations, the results of which were declared on May 9.

These 244 students are eligible to get the Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE), a component of the ‘Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research,' a programme to attract students towards study of basic sciences at college level which was launched by the Ministry of Science and Technology/Department of Science and Technology.

Particulars of the students selected for SHE were given to headmasters and Principals of respective schools at a meeting held here on Tuesday.

K. Rajani Rathnamala, Chief Educational Officer, Madurai district, has said that out of the total 244 candidates selected, 175 were from Madurai educational district, 65 from Melur educational district, and the remaining four candidates from Usilampatti educational district.

The science scholarship support of the Ministry is given only to the candidates studying courses in natural/basic sciences at B.Sc., B.Sc.(Hons) and integrated M.Sc./MS programmes in any one of the recognised institutions in the country.

This SHE scheme does not include courses in engineering, medicine, technology or any other professional courses.

“This is a good sign for science encouragement among students to study science courses in their higher education. The incentive being given for five-year period in college leading to integrated course is encouraging,” the CEO said.

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