Online Scholarship Management System (OSMS)
Implementing Agency: Andhra Pradesh State Minorities Finance Corporation Ltd.
The Online Scholarship Management System (OSMS) for Minority students was taken up to enable students to apply for the Fee reimbursement and Scholarship scheme of Government of Andhra Pradesh.
The students apply online on the website and after filling the application, they take the printouts and along with required 2-3 documents, submit the application form to the College. The College Authorities in turn give the bonafide certificate and write their bank account number for the reimbursement of tuition fee. These forms then come to the office of the Executive Director of Andhra Pradesh State Minorities Finance Corporation (APSMFC), whereby the documents are validated online with respect to the printouts and online sanction is given. An online advice is sent to the bankers to transfer the fees amount directly into the bank account of the college and the scholarship amount to the bank account of the student.
Students can track their applications by typing the Unique Token number issued to them. Colleges can download the sanction proceedings and can know as to how many students have been sanctioned scholarship and tuition fee and to how many students the tuition fee and scholarship is pending due to want of which certificate.
The Online Scholarship System is being used by more than five lakh students every year. Due to this the drop-out rate among the minority students has been reduced to a large extent and the number of minority students taking admission in the professional courses and specialised courses has increased considerably.
Implementing Agency: Center for Good Governance, Andhra Pradesh
The Government of Andhra Pradesh is providing financial assistance to the Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, Backward Class, Disabled, and Economically Backward Class students studying post matriculation courses on saturation approach to enable them to complete their education. To transfer the scholarships online to college and student accounts the ePASS was implemented. The eligible Post Matric Students register online, their documents are verified online verification and the scholarships is released to
college and student bank accounts. Over 27 lakh students are getting the benefit from this system. The bills are submitted online to the Treasury. The treasury uses CINB (Corporate Internet Banking) to transfer money to student and college accounts. SBI eZ cards (virtual accounts) are used for the students. All the document images are kept online for verification and release. Money is transferred to bank accounts within 24 hours using the SFTP server of Treasury and SBI. The reverse information from banks is completed the same day.
The key challenges faced by the project included the building up of the total master database for 10+2 education in Andhra pradesh; distribution of SBI eZ cards to students; entry of fee structure for 1,40,000 categories; the reverse information from banks; deduplication of students having no SSC database .
The usage of digital signatures; development of a fully automated helpdesk; integration with University database for monitoring academic performance; Biometric Attendance Monitoring System and extending it to Pre Matric Students scheme and similar schemes are some of the futuristic goals of the project.