Students belonging to the Jain community, which is now recognized and approved as minority community can claim the benefit of pre-matric scholarships in Maharashtra. This was confirmed in a notification issued by the Maharashtra Government's School Education and Sports Department on June 4. Under the pre-matric scholarship scheme, the Union Government provides schooling expenses of students belonging to a minority community from Class I to X. The scheme, which was introduced in 2008, has been a huge success in terms of response from minority students. In fact, according to the Ministry of Minority Affairs, in 2008, the Union government had sanctioned over 4.5 lakh pre-matric scholarships across the country, of which Maharashtra alone had sanctioned 55,200 scholarships. Students from the community who have financial problems will find the scheme useful. The scholarship scheme, according to the state notification, would be 100% funded by the Centre from this academic year. Earlier, the funding ratio between the Union and state governments was 75:25.