New Delhi, 3 September 2021 – West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee made an important announcement on Thursday regarding the Swami Vivekananda Merit-cum-Means Scholarship Scheme. As per her announcement, those students who have secured 60% marks in the West Bengal board exams will be considered eligible for this scholarship scheme.
SVMCM Scholarship 2021 – Two Crucial Announcements
CM Banerjee made two crucial announcements that would immensely benefit the state’s students’ community.
- She stated that the eligibility criteria have been revised from the initial 75% to 60% at present to help more students avail benefits from this initiative.
- To make the students of West Bengal aware of the developments taking place in different education fields on a global level, a “career guidance portal” is being introduced. Through this portal, students can access the curriculum and other activities of all well-known educational institutions across the globe.
Details of SVMCM Scholarship Scheme
- The Swami Vivekananda Merit-cum-Means scholarship amount varies from Rs. 1000 to Rs. 8000 per month.
- The scholarship is given to meritorious students belonging to economically backward families to pursue higher studies.
- The amount benefits the students of Class 11 and 12 at the undergraduate level in science, arts and commerce, engineering, medical and technical or professional courses, studying in regular mode.
- The postgraduate level students along with those pursuing M.Phil. and Doctoral courses from state-aided institutions also come under the purview of the scholarship scheme.
CM Urges Students to Serve Bengal
During the virtual interaction with students on Thursday, Banerjee advised them to remain focused and not get distracted or give up in the face of challenges and difficulties. She stated, “Always be positive, think positive, feel positive as negative thoughts adversely affect us. Depression is our enemy.”
Adding to her statement, she pointed out the need for more neurologists in WB. The Chief Minister requested all students through the press conference to come back and serve Bengal even if they go abroad for higher studies. Recollecting her school days and appreciating the work of teachers during this pandemic, she said, “Whatever the situation may be, our teachers are our assets as they provide the best education to our children.”
CM Felicitates Board Pass outs
On 2nd September 2021, the West Bengal CM felicitated at least 1,700 pass-out successful candidates from all 23 districts of the secondary, higher secondary and Madrasa examinations. The entire ceremony was conducted virtually from Nabanna, considering the ongoing current pandemic. As highlighted by the regional news channels, all the students were gifted laptops and books written by renowned authors of Bengal.
However, students from ICSE and CBSE bBoards could not be felicitated during this ceremony as the state government has not been provided with any merit list. Nevertheless, a letter of greeting from the Chief Minister would be sent to all students who have cleared the Board examinations this year.
For more details, read Swami Vivekananda Scholarship (SVMCM) – A Merit-Cum-Means Based Scheme