Ishan Vikas and Ishan Uday schemes are being implemented for the students of North Eastern region. Ishan Vikas is coordinated by IIT, Guwahati. Under the programme, selected school children from North Eastern states are brought in close contact with the Indian Institute of Technology (IITs), Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs) and National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) during the vacation period to motivate them to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics and to facilitate internship opportunities for the engineering college students in various institutes of national importance.
Annual target is to provide visit of 96 school children to premier institutes and summer internships to 250 engineering students. Rs. 605.45 lakhs has been approved for the programme. Since inception of the programme in 2014-15, 1,637 school children and 372 Engineering students have benefited.
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Ishan Uday Scholarship Scheme is administered by the University Grants Commission (UGC). Under the scheme, scholarship is provided to the economically backward students from the North East Region for pursuing general degree courses, technical and professional degree courses. It is envisaged to provide 10000 scholarships annually. Since inception of the scheme in 2014-15, Rs. 224.82 crore has been disbursed towards release of 47,525 fresh and renewal scholarships.
This information was given by the Minister of State (HRD), Satya Pal Singh today in a written reply to a Lok Sabha question.