Scheme of National Scholarships for Persons with Disabilities
Overview of the scheme
There is a scheme for the candidates who are suffering from the disabilities in order to motivate them to continue their education in the higher and technical Education. The eligible candidates are welcome to avail the scheme from the government in order to give a shape to the future. The Scheme of National Scholarships for Persons with Disabilities is a wonderful initiative by the government for the betterment of the disabled candidates.
Eligibility of the candidates
The required eligibility of the candidates to apply for the same can be described as below:
1. Financial assistance will be given to Indian students with at least 40% disabilities certified as per definition under Persons with Disabilities Act of 1995.
2. Financial assistance will be given for pursuing post-Matric or Post-Secondary technical and many professional courses including Doctorate of Philosophy and Masters of Philosophy from a recognized institution. However, for students who are suffering from several disabilities related to Mental Retardation, Cerebral Palsy, Severe Hearing Impaired, and many more, the minimum educational qualification is a class 8th pass and scholarship will be awarded to them for pursuing general, technical, vocational or professional courses.
3. Scholarship will be awarded to each student for pursuing only one course.
4. Financial assistance can be given for computer with editing software included for the graduates who are blind and deaf and to the postgraduate students who are pursuing professional courses and for support to access software for cerebral palsied candidates.
5. Continuation or renewal of the award for next year will depend on the successful completion of the course in the preceding year with at least 50% marks obtained in the course examination..
6. No scheme for the course having the duration of less than one year will be provided to the candidates.
7. No other scholarship can be availed by the candidate if he/she is availing the benefits of this scheme as seen in all other schemes for scholarship in the country. In case, the candidate is already availing the benefits of any other scholarship or stipend, the candidate is required to choose the scholarship among them and have to communicate the concerned authorities.
8. Monthly family income of the beneficiary should not be more than Rs. 180000 annually from all sources.
Awards under the Scheme of National Scholarships for Persons with Disabilities
The scholarship comes with several benefits for the candidates suffering from disabilities. Under this scheme, numerous awards come, which are mentioned as below:
Near about 500 awards are to be given annually through institutions in which students are pursuing studies. The categories of the candidates to whom the Scholarship are as below:
1. Students with orthopedic disability
2. Students with Cerebral palsy, Severe Hearing Impairment, Mental Retardation, and Multiple Disabilities.
3. Students with blindness or low vision
4. Students with hearing disability
Amount of scholarship
Amount of scholarship will vary among courses and will also depend on availability of hostel/residential facility with the institution. The details are as given below:
1. Ph. D or M. Phil and post graduate or graduate level courses in Engineering Indian and other systems of medicine / Agriculture / Veterinary / IT / Biotechnology, Education Management / Architecture, Physiotherapy, Music and other professional courses, the candidates are eligible for Rs. 1000 per month for hostellers and for day scholars, its Rs. 700.
2. Diploma and certificate level professional courses, the Candidates are eligible for Rs. 700 per month in case of hostellers and Rs. 400 in case of day scholars.
3. With the students suffering from category 2 troubles as mentioned above, for pursuing professional, general, technical, vocational courses after class 8 per month for hostellers 700 and for day scholars 400
The students will also be reimbursed the course fee subject to a ceiling of Rs.10000 per year.
This is a great step by the government to establish the disabled people and to bring them in the mainstream society with the confidence of heir self sustaining capability and to motivate them, they are the part of this society. Through these schemes, the government is trying to imbibe the self confidence among the disabled to continue their higher education and contribute something beneficial to the society through the visions gained through higher education.