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PIB Summaries 17 November 2023

  1. SHREYAS Scheme
  2. India International Science Festival


The scheme Scholarships for Higher Education for Young Achievers Scheme (SHREYAS), has been proposed to be implemented during the 2021-22 to 2025-26 by placing two ongoing Central Sector Schemes for OBC (Other Backward Classes) and EBC.

  • These schemes are, National Fellowship for OBC and Dr.Ambedkar Central Sector Scheme of Interest Subsidy on Educational Loans for Overseas Studies for OBCs and Economically Backward Classes (EBCs).


GS II: Government Policies and Interventions

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. SHREYAS: Empowering Education for OBC & EBC Students

SHREYAS: Empowering Education for OBC & EBC Students

  • SHREYAS is an umbrella scheme under the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment.
  • It aims to empower OBC & Economically Backward Class (EBC) students through fellowships and interest subsidies on educational loans for higher education.

Sub-Schemes: The SHREYAS umbrella scheme includes four central sector sub-schemes:

Free Coaching Scheme for SCs and OBCs:
  • Objective: Provide high-quality coaching to economically disadvantaged SCs and OBCs for competitive exams and technical/professional institution admissions.
  • Income Ceiling: Family income capped at 8 lakhs per annum.
  • Slot Allocation: 3500 slots allotted annually.
  • Gender Inclusivity: 30% slots reserved for females in both categories.
  • Allocation Ratio: SC: OBC ratio at 70:30 for equitable access.
  • Outcomes: Benefited 19,995 beneficiaries from 2014-15 to 2022-23.
Top-Class Education for SCs:
  • Objective: Recognize and promote quality education among SC students beyond the 12th class.
  • Income Ceiling: Family income limit set at 8 lakhs per annum.
  • Coverage: Includes 266 higher education institutes, including prestigious institutions like IIMs, IITs, and NITs.
  • Scholarship: Covers tuition fee, non-refundable charges, academic allowance, and other expenses.
  • Outcomes: Benefited 21,988 beneficiaries from 2014-15 to 2022-23.
National Overseas Scheme for SCs:
  • Objective: Provide financial assistance to selected students from various categories for pursuing masters and Ph.D. courses abroad.
  • Eligibility: Students with family income below Rs. 8 lakhs per annum, securing admission in the top 500 QS ranking foreign institutes/universities.
  • Scholarship: Covers tuition fee, maintenance, contingency allowance, visa fee, and airfare.
  • Outcomes: Benefited 950 beneficiaries from 2014-15 to 2022-23.
National Fellowship for SC Students:
  • Aim: Support SC students pursuing M.Phil/Ph.D. degrees in Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences in Indian Universities/Institutions/Colleges recognized by UGC.
  • Eligibility: NET-JRF qualified candidates or Junior Research Fellows for Science stream (UGC-CSIR Joint Test).
  • Allocation: Provides 2000 new slots annually (500 for Science and 1500 for Humanities/Social Sciences).


The 9th edition of the India International Science Festival (IISF) 2023 will be held at Faridabad, Haryana from January 17th-20th, 2024.


Facts for Prelims

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. India International Science Festival (IISF) 2023

India International Science Festival (IISF) 2023:

  • Venue: Campus of Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI) and Regional Centre for Biotechnology (RCB) in Faridabad.
  • Theme: ‘Science and Technology Public Outreach in Amrit Kaal’.
  • Inspiration and Outreach: Aims to inspire diverse audiences, including students, educators, scientists, researchers, industry professionals, entrepreneurs, and science communicators.
  • Platform for Scientific Achievements: Provides a platform to showcase scientific achievements across 17 diverse themes.
Themes of IISF 2023:
  • Diverse Range: The festival will feature a total of 17 themes, encompassing various scientific disciplines.
  • Fostering Creativity: Dedicated to fostering creativity in Science, Technology, and Innovation for the advancement of a prosperous India.
  • Initiative: An initiative of the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Earth Sciences.
  • Association: In association with Vijnana Bharati.
  • Editions: Since 2015, IISF has successfully hosted eight editions in different geographical regions of India.
  • Expansion: Over the years, it has evolved into a mega science festival.
Integration of Departments:
  • Expansion in 2021: In 2021, the Department of Space and the Department of Atomic Energy became integral parts of IISF, broadening its scope and impact.

December 2023