Meritorious SC/ST students heading overseas for higher education will now have their entire cost covered by the state government under a scheme called Prabuddha that was launched on Friday.
Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara and Social Welfare Minister Priyank Kharge formally announced the scheme, under which the government plans to fund at least 400 students annually at a cost of Rs 120 crore.
SC/ST students who have cleared Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), Scholastic Aptitude/Assessment Test (SAT) and other qualifying tests, are eligible to be covered under the Prabuddha scheme.
“In the existing scheme, students with 49-51% score were funded. Also, from 2001 to 2018, only 282 students were…