Scheme of Post-Matric Scholarship for Students belonging to the Minority Communities
Overview of the Scheme
For the Welfare of Minorities a scheme by the Prime Minister’s New 15 Point Programme was introduced in June, 2006. What it provides is the post-matric scholarship to the meritorious students from minority communities.
Objective of the scheme
The objective of the scheme is to award scholarships to meritorious students belonging to economically weaker sections of minority community in order to provide them with better opportunities so that they may get higher education and improve their chances to get the employment. It also helps in the increase in their rate of attainment in higher education and developing better insights about the world.
Scope of the scheme
The scholarship ‘Scheme of Post-Matric Scholarship for Students belonging to the Minority Communities’ is awarded for studies government or private higher secondary schools, colleges, university in the country and also include many other residential institutes of the Government and many selected eligible private institutes and notified in a transparent manner by the State Government or any Union Territory Administration concerned. This scheme also cover technical and vocational courses in many Industrial Training Institutes, Industrial Training Centres recognized and affiliated with the National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) of 11th Class and 12th Class standards.
Eligibility Criteria for the scheme
The candidates who have secured above 50% marks or equivalent grade in the previous final examination are eligible to apply for the scholarship scheme. Even, the annual income of the concerned candidates’ parents from all sources should not be above Rs.2.00 lacs.
Sections of people who can avail this scheme
When we talk of the Minority candidates, the candidates’ belonging to Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain and Zoroastrians comes under the minority groups and thus are eligible to apply for the same. They are being notified as minority communities under Section 2 (c) of the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992. The distribution of scholarship will be made on the basis of population of the concerned state.
One should remember that the 30% of scholarship will be reserved for female students. In condition, the sufficient number of eligible girl students is not available, then the reserved scholarship will be awarded to eligible male students.
Selection Procedure for the candidates
The candidates from the BPL Families will be given preference and having the lowest income will be placed in front of the queue. Thus, the poorer, the candidates’ parents are, the more likely is the chance for the candidate to avail the scholarship. It must be remembered that the renewal applications would be fully exhausted before the new applications are considered.
Duration of the scholarship
The Scholarship will be provided for the complete course but the maintenance allowance will be given only for the period of 10 months only in an academic year, which can be seen in most of the other scholarships, too.
Amount of scholarship
Actual financial assistance will be provided for admission & course /tuition fee and maintenance allowance as given below subject to a maximum ceiling indicated against item concerned:
1. Admission and tuition fee for classes XI and XII. Maximum ceiling of Rs.7,000 p.a. for both hostelier and day scholars
2. Admission and course/tuition fee for technical and vocational courses of XI and XII level. (Includes fees/charges for raw materials, etc.) a maximum ceiling of Rs.10,000 p.a for both hostelier and day scholars
3. Admission and tuition fee for under- Actual subject to an Actual subject to a graduate, post graduate. Maximum ceiling maximum ceiling of Rs.3000 p.a. Rs.3,000 p.a.
And many more, which can be find in detail during the notifications.
Some conditions for scholarships
There are some conditions in the scholarships, which can be explained as follows:
1. The award will be discontinued if a student fails to secure 50% marks or equivalent grade in the previous final examination. The Scholarship cannot be awarded for more than the normal period of time taken to obtain any degree.
2. Scholarships cannot be given to more than two students in the same family.
3. The students should be regular in attendance in schools or colleges, whatever is concerned.
4. An Income Certificate issued by an authorized Officer in the State has to be furnished which is valid for a period of one year.
5. Migration of students from one institution to another would not normally be allowed during the course of the academic year except under exceptional circumstances and in the interest of the student’s academic career.