Central Scheme of Scholarship for College and University Students
Overview of the scheme
The Central Scheme of Scholarship for College and University Students in the name of National Merit Scholarship Scheme was in fact introduced in 1961. The introduction by Department of Education, was aimed at the poor students, but meritorious who are studying from class 11th to Post Graduation level. In fact there were two schemes; one for the students studying in higher classes, while the other one was aimed at students studying from class 6th to 12th. However, they were merged together and a single scheme called as ‘National Merit Scholarship Scheme’ was introduced in the year 2005-06. The scheme for the students studying in class 9th to Post Graduation is now eligible to apply for the same.
Aim of the Central Scheme of Scholarship for College and University Students
The complete ambition was to provide support to the meritorious students to sustain their livelihood during the period of study at higher level, who belong from the low income families.
Eligibility of the candidates
The candidates who belong to the non creamy layer and have secured more than 80% of the marks in the board examination of 10+2 class scheme in the relevant stream are eligible to apply for the Scholarship of Central Scheme of Scholarship for College and University Students. Those candidates must also be pursuing the regular courses from the recognized institutions and also must be availing any other kind of the scholarships through the government schemes. The candidates can be from general category and from the reserved category. More information about the classification of the candidates depending on the non creamy layer and regarding more eligibility can be found at Notifications, which comes during the application details.
Scholarship distribution and other details
The scholarship is being awarded on the basis of the marks secured in the SSC(10+2 Scheme) Examination. Each year, a total of around 82000 scholarships is announced which bears the equal distribution in male and female as 41000 each. These are awarded to the candidates who are pursuing the graduate studies and above in any institutions.
Based on the population of the state, the scholarship number is divided and that population distribution is decided on the number of youths in the age group from 18 years to 28 years. The share of students passing from CBSE and ICSE are also separated. The total number of scholarships specified for each state depends on the number of students passing from the science, Humanities or Commerce stream and is made in the ratio of 3:1:2.
Selection of the candidates
The selection of the candidates as mentioned above is made on the basis of the marks secured in the senior secondary examination. Apart from this, the candidates’ parents’ income is also considered. The reservation policy is also kept in consideration, while the choice of the candidates for the Central Scheme of Scholarship for College and University Students. The parents’ incomes should be less than 6 lacs per annum in case of non creamy layer candidates. The reservation policy in the form of SC, ST and OBC is 15%, 7.5% and 27% respectively is considered. The candidates belonging to the category of Physically Handicapped are allotted 3% of the reservations.
Amount of Scholarships
The Scholarships amount of Rs. 1000/- per month at Graduation level for the beginning 3 years of the study at colleges and University courses and Rs.2000/- per month in the 4th and 5th year is given to the candidates. The Scholarship is available for 10 months per year.
Payment of Scholarship
The Scholarship is paid to the selected students directly by the Central Government in the Candidates Bank Accounts opened by them. The payment of scholarship will start from the month the admission is done.
Some other Details
Some other details in the form of the like renewal and other are as follows. In the condition the candidate, fails to appear in the examination, due to illness or any other unforeseen event, the scholarship will be renewed for the next academic year. For this, the medical report or any proof of the event has to be furnished to bring in the satisfaction to the Institution and further issuing has to be furnished by the head of the institution that he would have claimed at least 60% of the marks in case he had appeared in the examination. However the decision of MHRD is final and once order is taken will not be review under any circumstances.