The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MoSJE), Government of India, has introduced the Scheme for Residential Education for SC Students in High Schools in Targeted Areas (SHRESHTA) to provide residential educational opportunities for meritorious SC students in high schools in targeted areas. This article aims to provide an overview of the SHRESHTA scheme, its eligibility criteria, and the application process.
The SHRESHTA scheme is applicable for private residential schools affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) up to Class 12. The schools must have been in operation for at least 5 years, have a pass percentage of 75% or more in Class 10 and 12 in the last 3 years, and have adequate infrastructure for admitting at least 10 SC students in Class 9 and 11.
The entry for students is in Class 9 and 11. Every year, 3000 fresh students are selected under the scheme through a national-level test called the National Entrance Test for SHRESHTA (NETS) conducted by the National Testing Agency. Allocation of schools is done through a web counselling process, allocating seats as per merit and choices of the students.
The scheme document must be carefully perused to know the specifics, such as the maximum admissible scholarship, number of seats, and obligations on the part of selected schools. Schools selected for the scheme must add this information on their website, showing year-wise grade-wise numbers admitted in the school under the scheme.
Consent and Compliance
Interested schools must convey their consent directly to the DoSJE in response to the notification issued by the DoSJE. Once consented, the selected school must not refuse the allotted students and must adhere to the scheme guidelines. Correspondence regarding selection of schools, consent, seat allocation, and funds must be done directly with the DoSJE.
The SHRESHTA scheme offers a valuable opportunity for meritorious SC students to receive residential education in high schools in targeted areas. Eligible schools are encouraged to apply and adhere to the guidelines issued by the DoSJE. By providing residential educational opportunities, the SHRESHTA scheme aims to empower and uplift the socio-economic status of SC students.
You can view the official PDFs here: https://www.cbse.gov.in/cbsenew/documents/SHRESHTHA_CIRCULAR_17012024.pdf