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 Jagananna Videshi Vidya Deevena -- For Higher Studies in Top 200 Universities  abroad -For SC/ST/BC/Minority/  EBC  including Kapu Students -- Policy and Implementation Framework in supersession of all previous orders -Orders - Issued.

 Government  of Andhra  Pradesh  is  implementing  several  Welfare  schemes  to  all eligible citizens irrespective of caste, creed,  religion, region in a transparent manner at the door steps of the citizens under NAVARATNALU.

 2.          Vide G.Os 1" to 11" cited, the Government have introduced the schemes  to provide financial  assistance  to  the  students  to  pursue  higher  education  in  foreign  countries  to complete professional courses and other Graduate courses.

 3.           After the analysis of the scheme implementation during the previous government, the following lapses have been observed.

 1.       Selection process:  Since the candidates are made to apply against limited number of seats earmarked under the scheme, there is discretion in the selection process, leading to less transparency and corruption.

 11.            The scheme is not on saturation basis, which is giving scope for recommendations.


The quality of institutions selected is not good.
  The guidelines do not prescribe strict norms with regard to ranking of institutions based on which the students shall choose the Institution for studying abroad.  This resulted in the student selecting very low ranked  institutions,  thereby  defeating  the  objective  of getting  better  and  quality learning in foreign institutions.  

 iv.      Choice  of course:  Though  the  guidelines  indicated  the  areas/subjects  where the students can enroll, upon closer scrutiny, it has been noticed that students have chosen courses  which  are  not  in  tune  with  the  stated  objectives   of the  scheme.  Such enrollments  were  not  properly  scrutinized  and  hence  led  to  wastage  of public resources.  If these  resources  had been  spent within the  country,  more number  of students  with  the  same  amount  could  have  been  admitted  in  better  courses  in renowned institutions resulting in better employment opportunities for them.

v.      The scheme was not implemented properly by the previous Government and large no. of students were not paid  since 2016-17, the total  dues amounting  to Rs.318 Cr., pertaining to 3326 students.

 4.              Vide reference  12" cited, the Director, Social Welfare addressed  a letter to the Director General, Vigilance & Enforcement department for verification of the credentials of the students who have gone for study abroad and joined in the Universities during previous government.

 5.            The enquiry report of the Vigilance and Enforcement department, vide reference 13

cited, brought out serious lapses in implementation of the scheme, as stated below:

 a.    The criteria for selection of the candidates, wherein annual income limit of the parents was specified, had not been followed.

 b.   Many of the Students have changed the Country of study after sanction of the scheme, without taking prior approval from the competent authority.

 c.    Similarly, many of the students have changed their approved  course of study after sanction of the scheme, without taking prior approval from the competent authority.

 d.   Many of the  Students  have  changed the University  of study after  sanction of the scheme, without taking prior approval from the competent authority

 e.    It is noticed that some students have discontinued their course and returned to India after availing the financial assistance under the scheme.

 f.    In few instances the  condition  of allowing one child per family was violated and sanctions were given to more than one child within the family.

 g.   In some cases,  the applicants were not traced out at the given address when enquiry was conducted.

 6.       In view of the issues noted above, especially the vigilance enquiry report, as well as the negligence shown in implementation  of the scheme from the period 2016-17 onwards,  it is felt that there is need to revamp the whole scheme orienting it towards qualitative education in foreign institutions. Accordingly, the following guidelines are hereby issued. These orders shall supersede all the orders cited in the references above.

 i.        The scheme shall be known hereafter as 'Jagananna Videshi Vidya Deevena.

 11.          Top 200 Universities: The financial assistance shall be sanctioned to eligible students who get admissions  in any of the top 200 universities  as per  the latest QS world university rankings only.                                                                   



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