Scheme of Post-Matric Scholarship for Students belonging to the Minority Communities

Ministry of minority affairs, Government of India offers Post-Matric Scholarship for Students belonging to the Minority Communities

Objective
The objective of the scheme is to award scholarships to meritorious students belonging to economically weaker sections of minority community so as to provide them better opportunities for higher education increase their rate of attainment in higher education and enhance their employability.

Coverage of the Scheme

Post-matric scholarship scheme for minority communities provides the scholarship to students from class XI to PhD (XI, XII, Technical/Vocational, Under Graduate, Post Graduate, M.Phil. and PhD) studying in Government / recognised private schools / colleges / universities / institutes in India including technical/ vocational courses in Industrial Training Institutes/Industrial Training Centers and the courses not covered under merit-cum-means based scholarship scheme for minority communities. This scholarship is not available for LL.B., MBA, MCA, BE and MBBS.

Distribution

State Government / Union Territory Administration concerned or their designated agencies disburse the maintenance allowance to the student's bank accounts, and admission and course / tuition fee to the bank account of School / College / University / Institute concerned.
30% of scholarship will be earmarked for girl students. In case sufficient numbers of eligible girl students are not available, then the balance earmarked scholarships may be awarded to eligible boy students.

Eligibility

i. Students belonging to Muslim / Christian / Sikh / Buddhist / Parsi are eligible
ii. Students who have secured 50% and above marks in previous final examination
iii. The annual income of his/her parents/guardians from all sources not exceeding Rs. 2 lakhs.
iv. Both Day scholar and hostellers are eligible to apply

Mode of Selection

There are a fixed number of scholarships for minorities is small and limited. Students from BPL families, having the lowest income shall be given preference in the ascending order. The renewal applications would be fully exhausted before the new applications are considered.

Conditions for scholarship

i. Scholarship will be awarded to the students who have secured not less than 50% marks or equivalent grade in the previous final examination and the annual income of whose parents/guardian from all sources does not exceed Rs.2 lakhs. Unlike scholarship for SC and ST, there are a fixed number of scholarships for minorities and hence preference for selection has been laid down. Students from BPL families, having the lowest income shall be given preference in the ascending order. The renewal applications would be fully exhausted before the new applications are considered.

ii. The award will be discontinued if a student fails to secure 50% marks or equivalent grade in the previous final examination. Scholarship will not be awarded for more than the normal period of time taken to obtain certificate / degree / M. Phil degree / doctorate degree.

iii. Scholarships will not be given to more than two students in a family.

iv. The students should be regular in attendance for which the yardstick will be decided by the competent authority of the school / college / university.

v. Income certificate should be on self-certification basis by way of an affidavit on non-judicial stamp paper for self-employed parents and from employer for employed parents.

vi. The school / college / university authority will certify the claim of the student of being an outstation students not residing in hostel of the institution concerned on the basis of permanent address and parent's address.

vii. 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.

viii. If a student violates any other term and condition of the scholarship, the scholarship may be suspended or cancelled. The State Government / Union Territory Administration can also directly cancel the award if duly satisfied of the reasons of violation of these regulations governing the scheme.

ix. If a student is found to have obtained a scholarship by false statement/certificates, his/her scholarship will be cancelled forth with and the amount of the scholarship paid shall be recovered, at the discretion of the concerned State Government / Union Territory Administration.

x. The State Government / Union Territory Administration will lay down the detailed procedure for processing and sanctioning of scholarships to eligible students.

xi. Course fee / tuition fee will be credited to the school's / college's / institution's bank account. Efforts will be made for transferring it electronically through the banks.

xii. Maintenance allowance will be credited to the student's bank account. Efforts will be made for transferring it electronically through the banks.

xiii. The State Government / Union Territory Administration will maintain a separate account and records relating to the funds received from the Ministry and they will be subjected to inspection by the officers of the Ministry or any other agency designated by the Ministry.

xiv. The student obtaining benefits under this scholarship scheme shall not be allowed to avail of benefits under any other scholarship scheme for the same purpose.

xv. The State Government / Union Territory Administration shall constitute a committee of the departments implementing such scholarship schemes to ensure that the students from the minority community, who may also belong to SC / ST / OBC category, does not avail scholarship from other sources for the same purpose and avail only from one source.

xvi. The fund for distribution of scholarships in subsequent years will be released after receiving the utilization certificate for the previous year.

xvii. The scheme will be evaluated at regular intervals by the Ministry or any other agency designated by the Ministry and the cost of the evaluation study will be borne by the Ministry under the provision of the scheme.

xviii. The State/Union Territory shall place all relevant details of financial and physical achievements on their website.

xix. The regulations can be changed at any time at the discretion of the Government of India.

Scholarship Amount and Duration

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:
S.No. Item Hosteller * Day scholar
1 Admission and tuition fee for classes XI and XII. Actual subject to a maximum ceiling of Rs.7,000 p.a. Actual subject to a maximum ceiling of Rs.7,000 p.a.
2 Admission and course/tuition fee for technical and vocational courses of XI and XII level. (Includes fees/charges for raw materials, etc.) Actual subject to a maximum ceiling of Rs.10,000 p.a. Actual subject to a maximum ceiling of Rs.10,000 p.a.
3 Admission and tuition fee for under-graduate, post graduate. Actual subject to a maximum ceiling of Rs.3,000 p.a. Actual subject to a maximum ceiling of Rs.3,000 p.a.
4 Maintenance allowance for 10 months only in an academic year (Includes expenses for study material, etc.) i. Classes XI and XII including technical and vocational courses of this level. Rs.235p.m. Rs.140 p.m.
ii. Courses other than technical and professional courses at under-graduate and post graduate level Rs.355p.m. Rs.185 p.m.
iii. M. Phil. and PhD (For those researchers who are not awarded any fellowship by university or any other authority) Rs.510p.m. Rs.330 p.m.

* Hostellers include students who are not staying in hostel of the school/institute concerned but are staying as paying guest or in rented accommodation in towns/cities which are not the places where their parents reside.
*Scholarship will be provided for the entire course. However, maintenance allowance will be given for a period not exceeding 10 months only in an academic year.

Total Number of Scholarships

5, 25,000
scholarships were issued for the financial year 2011-12 under the scheme of Post-Matric scholarship for students belonging to the minority communities (as on 30.09.2011)

Renewal of scholarship

The scholarship, once awarded, may be renewed during the next academic year of the course on the production of certificate that the student has secured 50% marks in the examination.

Application Procedure

The scheme will be announced by the concerned State Government/Union Territory Administration well in time, through advertisements in the leading language newspapers and local dailies and by using other suitable publicity media.
The concerned State Government/Union Territory Administration will supply the application forms, till such time computerized systems are made operational. The application forms should be received back along with requisite certificates/certifications within the stipulated period.

For more details, please visit: minorityaffairs.gov.in/Postmetric
Published on 4/26/2014 5:27:00 PM

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