Govt. of India has been offering scholarships to students since 1948 with those belonging to scheduled castes and scheduled tribes, and eventually extending the coverage to backward classes, disabled, minorities and the economically backward classes over the years. Today, Government of India is offering Pre-Matric and Post-Matric scholarships through three ministries.
The Government of Telangana recognizes education as highly important and supports the study of economically poor students in the state by providing Pre-Matric and Post-Matric scholarships to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Backward Classes, Minorities and Economically Backward Communities with income less than 2 Lakhs.
Understanding the ease of e-Governance, Government of Telangana has proposed Electronic Payment & Application System of Scholarships (ePASS) for more transparency, accessibility and accountability. Welfare Departments of Telangana proposed this project to Centre for Good Governance. ePASS developed by Centre for Good Governance facilitated students to apply for scholarships online and track the application status at every stage. Introducing this system did not only avoid errata but also re-engineered the processes followed from decades by Government, facilitating timely payment of Scholarships to students. ePASS application not only reduced the leakages but also reduced cumbersome and time consuming manual visits for verification. The ePASS application has successfully facilitated around 90 lakh applicants in the disbursement of Pre-Matric and Post-Matric Scholarships under 14 Schemes over a period of 4 Academic Years. More than 13 lakh students have applied for scholarships during the academic year 2016-17. With the successful implementation of ePASS, the project is extended to Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh, Tripura.