Scholarship Scheme for the students belonging to Minority Communities during 2017-18 to 2019-20
Cabinet approves continuation of the Schemes of (i) Pre-Matric Scholarship Scheme; (ii) Post Matric Scholarship Scheme; and (iii) Merit-cum-Means based Scholarship Scheme for the students belonging to Minority Communities during 2017-18 to 2019-20
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the proposal for Continuation of Pre-Matric, Post Matric and Merit-cum-Means based Scholarship Schemes for the students belonging to the six notified Minority Communities at a total cost of Rs. 5338.32 crore for period up to 2019-20. This will benefit 70 lakh students annually.
The major features of the schemes are as under:
These Schemes shall be implemented through the National Scholarship Portal (NSP) and scholarships are disbursed through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mode.
Around 70 lakh scholarships are likely to be disbursed.
Scholarship is awarded to students who have secured not less than 50% marks in the previous final examination.
The students should be studying in Government Schools/ Institutes or recognized private schools/ institutes.
The State/Community-wise target/allocation as per Census 2011.
Physical targets are fixed only for fresh scholarships.
Renewal scholarships are also awarded, in addition to the fresh scholarships. Renewal scholarships are for all such students who have been awarded scholarships in the previous years and fulfill the eligibility criteria.
Pre-matric Scholarship Scheme:
The objective of the Scheme is to encourage parents from minority communities to send their school going children (from Class I to X) to school, lighten their financial burden on school education and sustain their efforts to support their children to complete school education.
Annual income of parents/ guardian should not be more than Rs 1.00 Lakh.
Target-30,00,000 (Thirty lakh) for Fresh applicants.
Post-Matric Scholarship Scheme:
The objective of the Scheme is to provide financial assistance to the poor and meritorious minority students with better opportunities for higher education, increase their rate of attainment in higher education and enhance their employability in organized sector.
Annual income of parents/guardians should not be more than Rs. 2.00 Lakh.
Target- 5,00,000 (Five lakh) for Fresh applicants.
Merit-cum-Means based Scholarship Scheme:
The objective of the Scheme is to provide financial assistance to the poor and meritorious minority students to enable them to pursue professional and technical courses at under Graduate and post Graduate levels leading to upliftment of the socio economic conditions of the minority communities.
Annual income of parents/guardians should not be more than Rs. 2.50 Lakh.
Target- 60,000 for Fresh applicants.
Full Course fee reimbursed to the students from 85 institutes listed under the scheme; and for others at Rs. 20,000/- per annum subject to actuals.
Maintenance allowance @ Rs. 10,000/- per annum for hostellers and @ Rs. 5,000/- for day scholars.
Special focus by earmarking funds:
Although 30% of scholarships are earmarked for girl students, more than 35% of the total scholarships are disbursed to them.