panaji::: Oct 01, 2016 …. Chief Minister Shri Laxmikant Parsekar  on Friday presented Scholarships under the prestigious “Goa Scholar scheme” (13th Edition)  for  Goan scholars to pursue higher studies in India and abroad at a function held at Directorate of Education Porvorim.

The Chief Minister said that the Goa Scholar Scheme, which envisaged extending financial support to the scholars based on merit. He said the objective of the scheme is to promote pursuit of post-graduate studies by younger population of Goa, by way of recognizing the meritorious and outstanding candidates with a Scholarship to undertake Post-graduate and Ph.D studies in Institutions of proven excellence, in India or abroad.

122  students had applied for the scheme. Of them,78 were shortlisted based on transparent yard sticks and finally best 20 were selected.

He asked the students to be connected to the roots, and make the country and the state proud with their achievements.

He said the Government has been providing infrastructure for education in Goa. On the health front, Chief Minister said that the Government will start a super specialty hospital in the GMC campus shortly.

The amount of the scholarship is Rs. 6  lakh in India and $ 20,000 (one time) for studies abroad.

Since the Goa Scholar scheme was started in goa and till date around 160 Goan students have been awarded the “Goan Scholar” scholarship. Many of them have completed their studies and are pursuing various vocations within the country as well as abroad.

The basic objective of the State scholarship is to promote postgraduate studies by younger population of Goa.

A high-powered committee under the chairmanship of  Shri Ashank  Desai, founder President of Mastek India , was constituted to select the “Goa Scholars”.