4231 students from Bihar have cleared the centrally-sponsored National Means cum Merit Scholarship Scheme (NMMSS) which was held on 17 Nov 2013. Each student would receive an annual stipend of Rs 6,000 from the coming academic session. Bihar has observed 70 per cent increase in the number students qualifying in the national scholarship examination in comparison to last year. According to the scholarship norm a student requires to secure at least 55 percent marks at their school exams, else the stipend would be discontinued.
P K Shahi, state education minister said “Altogether 70,716 class 8 students had taken the examination. While 3,334 boys have cleared the test, only 897 girls passed it.”
Pawan Kumar a Nalanda boy from Sainik School, Nalanda topped the exam with 153 marks whereas Anant Kumar (Gajendra Middle School, Bhagalpur) stood second with 146 marks in the examiniation. Prabhat Kumar (Government School, East Champaran) and Aman Prakash (Sainik School, Nalanda) jointly secured the third place with 144 marks.
According to this scholarship scheme NCERT provides scholarship to economically weak students from classes IX to XII every year. State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) is the agency who conducts this test in Bihar. The scheme was launched in 2008.
Amid girls, Shivani Kumari from Bhojpur aced the category with 135 marks while securing 132 marks Komal Kumari of Begusarai stood second. Suhani Kumari of Sheohar got 130 marks and is at the third position. a total of 320 students were selected form Patna district alone. While 236 students of East Champaran passed the examination, 234 students of Madhubani district were selected for the scholarship.
Principal secretary, education, Amarjeet Sinha commented “In fact, the report suggests the clear learning goal marked for primary schoolchildren should be continued in the next academic session and if there is large-scale success in Bihar, the model could be developed at an all-India level.”
Courtesy: India Today