1. Introduction

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 / ST / OBC (non-creamy layer) / Minority communities, who need remedial coaching to come up to the 30 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 Twelfth 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.

2. Objectives

Remedial Coaching is to be organized at Undergraduate / Postgraduate level with a view to

i. Improving academic skills and linguistic proficiency of the students in various subjects.

ii. Raising their level of comprehension of basic subjects to provide a stronger foundation for further academic work.

iii. Strengthening their knowledge, skills and attitudes in such subjects, where quantitative and qualitative techniques and laboratory activities are involved so that proper guidance and training provided under the programme may enable the students to come up to the level necessary for pursuing higher studies efficiently.

3. Eligibility

Colleges covered under Sections 2(f) and 12B of the UGC Act, having at least 100 students belonging to SC/ST/OBC (excluding creamy layer)/ Minority communities will be considered for financial assistance under this scheme. 20% of the total number students other than those belonging to SC/ST/OBC (excluding creamy layer)/ Minority communities may also be considered for caching under the scheme.

4. Nature of Assistance

Non-recurring items – not to exceed:

I. Equipment: Rs. 3.00 lakh

II. Books and Journals and Study Materials: Rs.2.00 lakh

Recurring items – not to exceed Rs.10.00 lakh for the Plan period:

  • Remuneration

Honorarium to the Coordinator @ Rs.1000/- per month (applicable during the monthswhen remedial coaching is being actually conducted plus honorarium for one extra month towards preparation/organization, but not to exceed Rs.12,000/- per annum)

Theory Classes:

Rs.250/- per hour, per subject to teachers, including retired teachers.

Rs.150/- per hour, per subject to postgraduate students / research scholars.

Practicals : Rs.75/- per hour.

However, in exceptional cases, where an eminent educationist is invited for special lecture, the remuneration of Rs.500/- per lecture and admissible Travelling Allowance could be paid, with the approval of the Head of the Institution.

Payment to Part-time LDC with Computer knowledge, not to exceed Rs.18,000/- per annum.

Contingency: Rs.10000/- per annum. The final amount of grant to be allocated would depend upon the number of students enrolled, as evident from the proposal and the recommendations of the Expert Committee.

5. Procedure for Release of Grant

100 % of the Non-recurring grant and 20% of the Recurring grant will be released after approval. The release of further grant would be based on the utilization of earlier grant.

6. Monitoring

The Coordinator of the programme will supervise the work under the scheme at the institutional level. Separate registers may be maintained for different subjects. At the end of each academic year, the Coordinator will submit, through the Principal, an appraisal report, indicating the performance of each candidate. The appraisal report should also indicate:

i. The duration for which the coaching was organized, classes / period and the number of candidates who actually participated in the programme.

ii. The subjects in which they were tutored, names of teachers and their subject discipline.

iii. The number of the candidates who actually appeared in the examination.

iv. The number of the successful candidates in each paper.

v. Problems faced by the College in the implementation of the scheme.

vi. Overall comments of the Coordinator.