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Chief Minister’s Special Merit Scholarship Scheme:

Hundreds of parents, children and teachers annually look forward to the Chief Minister’s Special Merit Scholarship Scheme. The scheme, launched in 2009, provides full government scholarship to Sikkimese children from Class VI till they pass out from the best public schools within and outside Sikkim.

Every winter, the Class V toppers of government schools prepare and participate in the scholarship entrance test and the best 200 among them are selected on merit basis. The scheme started with an initial intake of 50 students but now, the scholarship has been enhanced to 200 students.

The scheme is basically a ticket to the Sikkimese students, many of whom are from underprivileged families studying in government schools for better and quality education in reputed public schools in and outside Sikkim with the full expenses borne by the State government. The scheme is also one of the early milestones of the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) government in its fourth term.

Cash awards for CBSE toppers:

Recognizing the excellent results annually, the Government of Sikkim is providing cash incentives to Sikkimese students who topped the CBSE Class X and XII exams from 2012 as announced by the Hon’ble Chief Minister. The scheme is only for government schools affiliated with the CBSE and is an initiative of the Hon’ble Chief Minister to inspire and motivate Sikkimese students.

As per the incentive, a cash award of Rs. 1 lakh each would be given to Class XII students who top the State in Science, Humanities, Commerce and Vocational subjects. Cash awards of Rs. 75,000 and Rs. 50,000 would be given to each student who secures second and third positions in the four subjects.

The top three Class X students would be rewarded with Rs. 1 lakh, Rs. 75,000 and Rs. 50,000 respectively.

The cash awards not only offer an additional motivation for the students but also facilitate them in pursuing higher education courses they want.

Cash awards & Training for UPSC exams

The Government of Sikkim is offering cash awards to Sikkimese youths who secure an officer’s rank in Union Services. A sum of Rs. 2 lakhs will be providing to any Sikkimese youth who get in All India Services. The cash award for getting into other Central Services, Armed Forces, Banking, Railways, Postal Services, etc is Rs. 1 lakh. The cash awards are to encourage the competitive spirit of the Sikkimese youths.

The Government of Sikkim is also providing best coaching facilities to Sikkimese youths for appearing in Union Public Service Commission and Staff Selection Commission exams. The Hon’ble Chief Minister had announced to provide training to Sikkimese students in reputed coaching centres for appearing in the national services exams.

The first batch of 150 youths are already undergoing State sponsored coaching classes in New Delhi, Hyderabad and Tamil Nadu. The Government of Sikkim is also bearing accommodation and food expenses besides giving a one-time grant of Rs. 10,000 to each candidate as travelling costs.

Date Published: 2014-03-20

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