Education is meant not only to nurture the excellence already in a gifted person but also to uplift the not-so-gifted, so that he/she is equipped to safeguard his/her interests in independent democratic India.
The Constitution of India recognizes the SCs and STs as the two most backward groups needing special protection. Further, democracy demands the necessity to protect and foster the interests and needs of the minority groups.
In order to enable students belonging to SC/DY/OBC (non-creamy layer) Minority communities, who need remedial coaching to come up to the Level necessary for pursuing higher studies efficiently and to reduce their failure and drop-out rate, the UGC will provide financial assistance for conducting special classes outside the regular timetable during the Eleventh Plan. Students belonging to Other Backward Classes and General Candidates may also be allowed the benefit of such coaching classes. A nominal fee (not exceeding the monthly tuition fee) may be charged from the general candidates. However, physically challenged students and students who are General Candidates coming from families with income below the poverty line (as guided by the State/UT/Central Government) will be exempted from paying the fee.
The main objectives of the scheme are:
Remedial Coaching is to be organized at Undergraduate/Postgraduate level with a view to: