The Uttar Pradesh unit of the National Informatics Centre (NIC) will soon make a presentation of its "scholarship management system" in New Delhi. Impressed by the system, the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has invited the unit to make the presentation during the two-day regional conference of social welfare secretaries of north and northeastern states beginning October 18.
The system is being used by the Uttar Pradesh government to maintain a comprehensive database of around 3.9 crore scholarship beneficiaries.
It is available online and helps maintain transparency and detect fake beneficiaries.
The NIC's Uttar Pradesh unit received the invitation after making a presentation before Union Secretary of Social Justice K M Acharya, Joint Secretary Sanjeev Kumar and other officials in New Delhi last Monday.
"A discussion on UP's scholarship management system will be held during the conference. If the system was found feasible for other states, the ministry may adopt this model to monitor its welfare schemes across the country," said Ganga Kumar, Deputy Secretary at the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. He added that the online system has been found very effective, as it helped detect irregularities in scholarship distribution in the state.
The state NIC had developed the system in 2007. Through this, it currently maintains a comprehensive database of scholarship beneficiaries including information like name, roll number, father's name, category, class and gender of the beneficiary. It also records the scholarship amount, name of the bank, its branch and the account number through which the student had received the money. All information is provided and regularly updated on the website http://scholarsh-ip.up.nic.in.