Sikkim signs MoU with Sri Aurobindo Society, launches monthly micro-scholarship for school students

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Sikkim signs MoU with Sri Aurobindo Society, launches monthly micro-scholarship for school students

GANGTOK,: With a radical approach to incentivise learning among school students, the Government of Sikkim has become the 1st State in the country to launch its monthly micro-scholarship programme for school students.
Towards this objective, the Government of Sikkim has signed a Memorandum of Understanding ‘MoU’ with Sri Aurobindo Society on April 3, informs a press release.
State Education additional chief secretary G.P. Upadhyaya signed the MoU on behalf of the State government at Sri Aurobindo Society, New Delhi to launch the scholarship programme for Sikkim.
As per the release, the MoU will enable the monthly micro-scholarship programme for school students as part of the Auro scholarship programme. The Sikkim government has made initial commitment of Rs. 50 lakh to be given directly to Sikkim school students from grade 1 to 12 in a transparent manner, if the students achieve benchmark learning outcomes.
Working through Auro Scholar App, Auro Scholarship programme awards monthly micro-scholarships to K-12 students on achieving benchmark performance in a 10-min curriculum-aligned quiz on an internet enabled phone. The parents receive up to Rs. 1,000 per month (INR 50 per quiz, for 20 quizzes across 5 subjects) in their bank account, which they can use to pay for their child’s education in various ways.
“The achievement motivation thus achieved by the children creates mass-incentives to learn as well as parental engagement to focus on children’s learning. The children failing to win scholarships in first attempt can study and retake the quizzes in the same month in order to win scholarships. This model of monthly micro-scholarships is a 1st of its kind and goes a long way in incentivizing the learning outcomes,” the release informs.
The Auro Scholar was originally launched at the national level by Union Education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ on November 24, 2020.
Since the national launch, lakhs of users have registered themselves on the app of Auro Scholar and around 15 lakh assessments have been taken by the students since the start of the programme. Auro Scholar aims to eventually reach 25 Cr K-12 children across the country and incentivize them for learning, the release informs.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi