Providing fee concession for meritorious students seeking admission to undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) courses is the new mantra of educational institutions of DakshinaKannada district to attract meritorious students from different parts of the state.
Manipal University which offers 330 courses doesn't charge fees from meritorious students seeking admission to UG professional courses under its merit-cum-means scholarship.
GK Prabhu, registrar, MU, told TOI that students who get high ranks in the MU's entrance exam for UG professional courses are eligible for these scholarships. These students' family annual income should be less than Rs 5 lakh to get 100% fee waiver. In all, the UG Courses University has reserved 5% seats for merit-cum-means scholarship candidates in the scheme launched in 2002, he added.
Based on the students' family annual income, MU waives UG courses fees between 10% and 100% for those who perform well in the MU entrance examination.
Prabhu said, "This concept of providing concessions was introduced to attract quality students. This will encourage competitiveness in the university among other students also to perform well in academics."
Nitte University provides more than 50% concession in fees for meritorious candidates seeking admission to courses - BSc in Medical Science, BA in Journalism and Mass Communication, MA in Journalism and Mass Communication and MA in Media Production and Integrated Marketing Communication.
Interestingly, Alva's Education Foundation (AEF), which has 28 educational institutions, is home to 18,000 students and it currently provides free education to 3,000 students who have done well in academic examinations in various courses. "We provide free education, hostel and food facilities for these 3,000 meritorious students to motivate them," said M Mohan Alva, chairman, AEF.
Yenepoya University, which offers UG and PG courses related to healthcare, has reserved five seats in all the courses to provide free education to meritorious students. Y Farhad, director (finance), Yenepoya University, said "We do it to attract them to take up healthcare courses because after finishing these courses there are many job opportunities with good salaries."
Apart from providing free education to poor meritorious students, St Aloysius College offers free midday meals to these students, says AM Narahari, registrar of the college.