PMO Steps in as Schol­ar­ship Por­tal Faces Glitch

Group of Sec­re­taries set up to har­monise for­mat of all schemes ad­min­is­tered by min­istries

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: Modi gov­ern­ment’s Na­tional Schol­ar­ship Por­tal (NSP) launched last July to credit all schol­ar­ships di­rectly into the ben­e­fi­ciary’s ac­count is fac­ing se­ri­ous chal­lenges prompt­ing the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice (PMO) to step in.

A Group of Sec­re­taries (GoS) com­pris­ing 13 top of­fi­cers from var­i­ous min­istries and headed by sec­re­tary (co­or­di­na­tion), Cab­i­net Sec­re­tar­iat, has been set up on March 23 to har­monise the for­mat of all schol­ar­ship schemes ad­min­is­tered by min­istries and in­te­grate them with the new NSP. The GoS will rec­om­mend how all min­istries will re-en­gi­neer their schemes and ob­tain nec­es­sary ap­provals from Cab­i­net by May 2016.

IN­TE­GRATED SYS­TEM

The new NSP will be rolled out in 3 states on a trial ba­sis by June and all schemes will be brought un­der its am­bit by Au­gust. Sec­re­taries of DeItY, labour, HRD, mi­nor­ity af­fairs, tribal af­fairs, dis­abil­ity af­fairs, science & tech and ex­pen­di­ture are part of the GoS.

AtaCom­mit­teeof Sec­re­taries­meet­ing chaired by Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary PK Sinha in Jan­uary this year, the min­utes ac­cessed by ET note that NSP por­tal faced many chal­lenges in or­gan­i­sa­tional struc­ture, ar­chi­tec­ture and work­flow mech­a­nism. It was not­edthev­er­i­fi­ca­tionof ap­pli­cantsof schol­ar­ship­sre­quiredaman­u­al­in­ter­ven­tion­at­mul­ti­plelevels,whilethere was no sys­tem to check and val­i­date in­for­ma­tion at the sub­mis­sion level in­NSP­por­tal.Aneed­washence­feltto en­sure schol­ar­ship schemes to be stan­dard­ised across the board.

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