In order to support Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Scheduled Caste (SC) students to cope up in competitive exam of Goa Common Entrance Test (GCET), the government has formulated a scheme called tutorial classes for XIIth science students from ST and SC communities. Under the scheme, around 100 meritorious students will get free 45-day coaching.
The scheme, formulated by the directorate of tribal welfare, will be implemented through Goa SC/ST commission, under which around 100 students from SC and ST communities will get professional coaching from reputed coaching institution to prepare for GCET, through two centres- North Goa and South Goa.
“The commission had asked educational institutions to furnish names of students from SC and ST communities, who are willing to appear for GCET. Accordingly, over 250 applications were received by the commission, and, from which 100 students would be selected 50 each for two centres after a screening process by agency,” Anant Shirwaikar, chairman of SC/ST commission told ‘The Navhind Times’ on Friday.
Under this initiative, the selected SC and ST students would be provided coaching in engineering and medical courses to answer GCET. The commission has planned to start the coaching classes from March 24, which will get over two days before commencement of the GCET.
According to him, coaching will be provided by a reputed private professional institution, for which the commission has floated tender to appoint the agency for the purpose.
The students, who would be selected for tutorial classes, would also be provided transport allowance to attend the coaching besides refreshment during the daylong classes.
Shirwaikar said this is an initiative of Tribal Minister Ramesh Tawadkar and Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar is kind enough to sanction the scheme for the welfare of the students from SC and ST communities.
The government will spend around Rs 50 lakh through the directorate of tribal welfare under the scheme.
According to the chairman of SC/ST Commission, the scheme will continue in future too as it would provide platform to the students from the socio-economically backward communities.