SHRESTHA Education Program – Learn about benefits, eligibility and other criteria | spcilvly

To ensure quality education to Indian students, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment launched its new programme, ‘Residential Education Scheme for Secondary School Students in Specific Areas’ (SHRESHTA).

Under this scheme, Scheduled Caste (SC) students will be provided high-quality school education through a different method. It will also help the government expand the scope of its development initiatives in predominantly SC areas within the education sector.

The scheme will be implemented in selected grant-winning institutions run by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and residential secondary schools offering high-quality education.

Schooling under CBSE/private residential schools affiliated to state board

Under this mode, meritorious students will be admitted in select private schools of CBSE and state boards. These students will be selected through the National Entrance Test for SHRESHTA (NETS), conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

Selected students will be admitted to private residential schools in grades 9 and 11, allowing them to complete their education up to level 12.


Under this scheme, around 3,000 students from South Carolina with annual parental income up to 2.5 lakh are selected annually on the basis of merit.

Plan benefits

-For students taking admission under this scheme, the entire fee including school fees (tuition fees) and hostel fees (meal charges) will not be charged. The admissible rates for each class are specified as follows: 9th: $1,00,000, 10th: $1,10,000, 11: $1,25,000, 12th: $1,35,000, the press release states.

-Students may also benefit from a bridging course within selected schools, targeting students’ individual academic requirements and assisting their adaptation to the school environment. The cost of the bridging course, equivalent to 10% of the annual fee, is also covered by the plan. The progress of these students under the plan will be constantly monitored by the Ministry of Education.

Admission to NGO-run schools

Under this mode of education, schools and hostels run by voluntary organizations (VOs) and NGOs will offer education up to standard 12, the statement said.

Schools and hostels that receive grants and demonstrate satisfactory performance will continue to benefit in this way.

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Updated: October 9, 2023, 03:04 pm IST

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