Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is set to disburse Rs 42.60 crore to 390 eligible students as part of the Jagananna Videshi Vidya Deevena scheme. In addition, a cash incentive of Rs 1.50 crore will be awarded to 95 civil services aspirants who have cleared the preliminary examination, with an additional incentive for the 11 candidates who successfully passed the mains exam under the Jagananna Civil Services Protsahakam scheme.
The Jagananna Videshi Vidya Deevena initiative aims to support financially disadvantaged students pursuing higher education abroad. The State government is reimbursing fees up to Rs 1.25 crore for SC, ST, BC, and Minority students, and up to Rs 1 crore for other students, covering airfare and visa charges.
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The assistance is extended to students securing admissions in any of the 21 faculties, including engineering, medicine, law, journalism, etc., in the top 50 universities based on QS World University/Times Higher Education rankings. This facilitates students from the State to pursue studies in over 320 of the world’s top institutions without incurring any expenses.
Over the past 10 months, a total financial aid of Rs 107.08 crore has been provided under Videshi Vidya Deevena, benefiting 408 students. The Jagananna Civil Services Protsahakam scheme offers an incentive of Rs 1 lakh to aspirants upon clearing the civil services preliminary exam. An additional Rs 50,000 is awarded to those who successfully clear the main exam. These cash incentives aim to offer financial support to BC, SC, ST, minority, and EBC aspirants for coaching or self-preparation for civil services exams.
Unlike the previous regime where coaching centers were the primary beneficiaries, the current approach ensures that the aid is directly deposited into the bank accounts of eligible candidates. There is no ceiling on the number of times beneficiaries can receive cash incentives upon clearing the preliminary and main exams. For inquiries, suggestions, and complaints related to Jagananna Videshi Vidya Deevena and Jagananna Civil Services Protsahakam, a toll-free number, 1902, is available, and additional details can be found on https://jnanabhumi.ap.gov.in.