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Why is it in the news?

  • In the academic session 2023-24, the SHRESHTA Scheme facilitated the enrollment of 2,564 Scheduled Castes students in 142 private residential schools affiliated with CBSE/State Boards.

More about the Scheme


  • The Scheme for Residential Education for Students in High Schools in Targeted Areas (SHRESHTA) provide high-quality education to meritorious but economically disadvantaged Scheduled Castes (SC) students in CBSE-affiliated reputed residential schools nationwide.
  • Nodal Ministry: Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment

Implementation Modes

Mode 1: SHRESHTA Schools

  • Approximately 3000 SC students admitted to top private residential schools affiliated with CBSE/State Boards in classes 9th and 11th for education up to 12th standard.
  • Selection through National Entrance Test for SHRESHTA (NETS) conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA).
  • Eligibility based on SC students with parents’ annual income up to 2.5 lakh.
  • Department covers total student fees, including school (tuition fees) and hostel fees (including mess charges).

Mode 2: NGO Operated Schools/Hostels

  • NGOs and voluntary organizations operate schools/hostels with classes up to 12, receiving government Grant-in-aid.
  • Continuation based on satisfactory performance.
  • Grants cover school fees and residential charges for SC students.
  • Schools allowed to collect fees from students other than SC admitted under the scheme.



  • SC students studying in class 8th and 10th in the current academic year.

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