More details on welfare schemes can be availed from the respective Heads of the Schools
Distribution of Free Text Books
All students studying in Government /aided / partially aided scStandards I to XII in self finance schools are being supplied with text books, free of cost by the Government. About 69,25,433 students are being benefitted by this scheme at a total cost of Rs 63.11 crores.
Distribution of free Bicycles
Free Bicycles are being distributed every year to all categories of Standard XI students studying in Government/ Aided/ Partially Aided Schools. 6,22,168 number of boys and girls are being benefited under this scheme at a cost of Rs.179.21 crores.
Puratchi Thalaivar MGR Nutritious Meal Programme
Free noon meal scheme is an ongoing scheme. The expense towards this scheme is meted out by the Social Welfare and Noon Meal Department. 46,88,654 students are being benefited through this scheme.
From the year 1985-1986 onwards, free uniforms are being given to students in standards I to VIII who are enrolled in the noon meal scheme. 46,88,654 students are benefited in the academic year 2011-2012. Two sets of Uniform is distributed to the students at a cost of Rs.164.72 crore. In the next academic year 2012-2013 four sets of uniform will be given to 49,63,496 students at a total cost of Rs 329.89 crores
Free Bus Pass
Free Bus passes for all students traveling in Government buses are being issued by the Government. Through this scheme, 14.02 lakhs students are being benefitted.
Cash Prize for Top Rankers
The Government has launched this scheme to encourage the talented students to pursue their higher studies. As per this scheme, the first three top rankers at state level in the Higher Secondary Public Examination who have opted for Tamil as first language in the Higher Secondary Course are awarded cash prizes as follows.
1. First Place - Rs.50,000/-
2. Second Place - Rs.30,000/-
3. Third Place - Rs.20,000/-
Further at the District level the Government will bear the expenditure for the higher studies of the three first rank holders in the Higher Secondary Public Examination as detailed below:-
1. Govt. Higher Secondary School - 1
2. Aided Higher Secondary School - 1
3. Anglo Indian / Matric / Self financing
Higher Secondary School - 1
Similarly, the first three top rankers at State level in the X Board Examination who have studied with Tamil as first language are also awarded cash prize as follows : -
1. First Place - Rs.25,000/-
2. Second Place - Rs.20,000/-
3. Third Place - Rs15,000/-
In addition to this, the Government bear the whole expenditure for the higher studies of the State level top three rankers in the X Board Examination.
Three district level top rankers in the X Board Examination who have studied with Tamil as first language are also given Rs.1,500/- for pursuing Higher Studies as detailed below : -
1. Govt. High School - 1
2. Aided High School - 1
3. Anglo Indian / Matric / Self
financing High School - 1
Moreover, subject wise top rankers (first rankers) at the state level in both the X Board Examination and the XII Board Examination are given cash awards
Girls’ Incentive Scheme
To prevent dropouts of SC/ST girl students, the IX Standard unmarried SC/ST girls of age, less than 16 years are provided with a fixed deposit certificate for Rs.3000/-.
Financial Assistance for Students Benefit of Parental Support
This scheme is meant for the students whose bread winning parent (father or mother) dies in an accident or is rendered permanently incapacitated.
-> The Government of Tamil Nadu is keen to ensure that the school children's education is not affected at any cost.
-> The students studying in Standard VI to XII of Government / Government Aided schools will get Rs.50,000/-. The amount will be deposited in the name of the student in Tamil Nadu Power Finance Corporation and the interest amount will be spent on the educational needs of the child. Under this scheme, 1,150 students have been benefitted at a cost of Rs.5.75 crore.
Special Initiatives To Reduce Dropout