CENTRAL GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIP SCHEMES
1. The Pre-Matric, Post Matric and Merit-Cum-Means Based Scholarship Schemes for Minorities
(Under Ministry of Minority Affairs)
Scope and Objective
The Pre-Matric, Post Matric and Merit cum Means based Scholarship Schemes to be awarded for studies in India in a Government or private institution, selected and notified in a transparent manner by the State Government/Union Territory Administration concerned. It will cover technical and professional courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level. The objective of the Schemes is to provide financial assistance to the poor and meritorious students belonging to minority communities [Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Jain and Zoroastrians (Parsis)] to enable them to complete schooling and prevent drop-out (prematric), to pursuit of higher education (postmatric) and pursue professional & technical courses (merit-cum-means). These are online Schemes and one can apply for fresh or renewal Scholarship under any of these Schemes on the National Scholarship Portal (NSP) at www.scholarships.gov.in. Link to the Portal is also provided on the website of the Ministry of Minority Affairs, i.e. www.minorityaffairs.gov.in. An online undertaking has to be submitted for registration on the NSP by applicants who are above the age of 18 years and by the parents/guardian if the applicant is below the age of 18 years.
Eligibility Criteria and Distribution
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/guardians from all sources does not exceed Rs.2.50 lakh. A student residing in a particular State/UT will be entitled for scholarship under the quota of that State/UT only irrespective of his/her place of study. 30% scholarship is earmarked for girls students of each minority community in a State/UT which is transferable to male students of that community in case of non-availability of female students in that community in the concerned State/UT.
2. All India Course for Technical Education (AICTE) Scholarship Schemes
Pragati Scholarship Schemes for Girl Students
Scope and Objective
Scheme being implemented by AICTE aimed at providing assistance for Advancement of Girls pursuing Technical Education. Education is one of the most important means of empowering women with the knowledge, skill and self-confidence necessary to participate fully in the development process. This is an attempt to give young Women the opportunity to further her education and prepare for a successful future by “Empowering Women through Technical Education”.
The Pragati scholarships are eligible for up to Two Girls per family. Family income should be less than Rs. 8 Lakhs per Annum. The scholarship amount is Rs. 50,000 per annum for every year of study. The two categories of the scholarships are:
- Pragati Scholarship Scheme for Girl Students (Degree & Diploma) - AICTE
- Pragati Scholarship Scheme for Girl Students (Diploma) for Technical Education
Saksham Scholarships for Specially abled Children
Scope and Objective
Saksham is a MHRD Scheme being implemented by AICTE aimed at providing encouragement and support to specially abled children to pursue Technical Education. This is an attempt to give every young student, who is otherwise specially abled, the opportunity to study further and prepare for a successful future through technical education/knowledge.
The candidate should be admitted to first year of Degree/Diploma level course OR Second year of Degree/Diploma course through lateral entry in any of the AICTE approved Institutions of respective year. Specially Abled Students, having a disability of not less than 40%. Family income from all sources is not more than Rs. 8 lakh per annum during the current financial year. A valid income certificate issued by the State/UT Government needed to be enclosed. No gender related issue applicable as the scheme is for all.
The two categories of the scholarships are:
- Saksham Scholarship Scheme for Specially Abled Students (Degree & Diploma) - AICTE
- Saksham Scholarship Scheme for Specially Abled Students (Diploma) or Technical Education
- Prime Minister Scholarship Scheme (PMSS)
PM Scholarship or Prime Minister Scholarship Scheme (PMSS) is a scholarship scheme that strives at promoting higher professional and technical studies for the dependent wards and widows of Central Armed Police Forces & Assam Rifles (CAPFs & AR) and State Police Personnel. Initiated in the year 2006-07, this scheme is run by the Welfare and Rehabilitation Board, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. This scheme has by far affected lakhs of students and helped many of them pursue their dream careers easily.
Candidates should be a dependent ward/widow of deceased CAPFs & AR/ Ex-CAPFs & AR/ retired and serving CAPFs & AR/ State Police Personnel. Candidates should be pursuing professional courses. (Not applicable for lateral entry and integrated courses). The minimum education qualification to apply for these courses should be class 12/ diploma/ graduation. The candidates should have secured at least 60% marks or above in the minimum educational qualification. (For renewal in subsequent years, the Candidates need to obtain at least 50% marks in the qualifying examination). As per the latest decision made by the Government of India, the scholarship scheme will also cover the wards of State Police officials who are/were martyred during Naxal/terror attacks. A total of Rs.500 scholarships in a year will be given to the wards of State Police officials. Wards of Civilians including Para-Military Personnel are NOT ELIGIBLE.
STATE GOVERNMENT (WB) SCHOLARSHIP SCHEMES
1. Swami-Vivekananda Merit-Cum -Means Scholarship Scheme (Govt. of WB)
Scope and Objective
With a view to assisting the meritorious students belonging to economically backward families in the State of West Bengal to pursue higher studies, the Government of West Bengal introduces the Swami Vivekananda Merit Cum Means Scholarship Scheme of giving scholarships at different levels of higher studies, at educational institutions based in West Bengal. The scheme benefits students studying in regular mode of Class XI and XII, and at under Graduate level in Science/Arts/Commerce, Engineering, Medical and Technical / Professional courses. Post Graduate level students pursuing Science/Arts/Commerce & amp; Technical/Management.
These scholarships will be sanctioned to deserving students on merit-cum-means criteria. Students should pass in the academic year with at least (a)75% marks in aggregate in the last qualifying examination from West Bengal Board of Secondary Education/West Bengal Council for Higher Secondary Education/Madrasa Education for Higher Secondary level or Under Graduate level (b) 75% marks in aggregate in diploma course from Institutes approved by AICTE and affiliated to WBSCT&VE&SD for Under Graduate level Scholarship (in 2nd year Engineering/Technology/Pharmacy courses through Lateral Entry) or affiliated by State Medical Faculty for Under Graduate level Scholarship (in 2nd year Pharmacy course through Lateral Entry) (c) 53% marks in aggregate in Graduation (Honours Subject) from any State University for Post Graduate Level Scholarship (General Education) /55% marks in Graduate Courses from any State University or AICTE approved Institute of West Bengal for Post Graduate Level Scholarship (Engineering/Technology/Pharmacy). The upper ceiling for family income has been fixed at Rs.2,50,000/- per annum.
2. Aikyashree Scholarship Schemes
To address the growing aspiration for education in the minority communities of the state and with a view to providing them more avenues for socio-economic and educational mobility by extending financial support and encouragement to the meritorious students belonging to the minority communities, the State Government has decided to set up the "Aikyashree" – West Bengal State Scholarships for Minority Students in West Bengal to be fully funded from the State budget from the financial year 2019-20 onwards.
TYPES OF SCHOLARSHIP:
Three types of scholarships will be provided under this scheme :
- Pre-matric Scholarship (for meritorious students from Class-I to Class-X)
- Post-matric Scholarship (for meritorious students from Class-XI to Ph. D)
- Merit-cum-Means Scholarships (for pursuing technical & professional courses)
The primary objective of the Pre-matric Scholarship is to encourage the minority communities to send their children to schools and to prevent drop-out. The Post-matric scholarship intends to encourage students to continue their pursuitto pursuit of other higheof higher education. The objective of Merit-cum-Means scholarship for professional and technical courses is to support the students to pursue professional / technical studies for consequently increasing their employability potential.
The Applicant must be a domicile of West Bengal and must be studying in a School/ Institution recognized by an educational Board/ Council/ University of the State/ Central Government. He/She Must have secured not less than 50% marks or equivalent grade in the previous final examination. The annual family income should not exceed Rs.2 lakh. Students studying in institutes outside West Bengal will not be eligible for pre-matric or post-matric scholarship. However, the students who are residents of West Bengal but pursuing studies in the listed institution outside the state are also eligible to apply.
3. West Bengal Chief Minister Relief Fund (Nabanna) Scholarship
Scope and Objective
The Chief Minister of West Bengal provides scholarships every year to the students, who passed the Madhyamik Examination or Higher Secondary exam or any University examination from a poor family. This scholarship also is known as 'Nabanna Scholarship' for south Bengal region and 'Uttar Kanya Scholarship' for North Bengal region. It is provided from the West Bengal Chief Minister Relief Fund.
Students must be a permanent resident of West Bengal. Candidates who are studying in any institution of the State after passing out from the State Board /Council of Secondary Education or a State aided University in West Bengal. Candidates must have passed the last examination from any recognized board, council or university of West Bengal and must currently be studying in West Bengal. Students must have scored 65% marks in Madhyamik exam or 60% marks in Higher Secondary or 55% in Undergraduate course. The above mentioned marks should have been obtained through enrollment in regular basis course only. The annual family income of the applicant's family should not exceed Rs. 60,000/-. Students who are enjoying any other State government or Central Government Scholarship/stipend/financial Assistance are not eligible for this Scholarship.
- Kannyashree Prakalpa
Scope and Objective
Kanyashree Prakalpa seeks to improve the status and wellbeing of girls, specifically those from socio-economically disadvantaged families through Conditional Cash Transfers. Kanyashree’s core objectives are simple and focussed to ensure that girls stay in school and delay their marriages till at least age 18. It uses a social safety net mechanism that has shown a high degree of success in transforming the lives of children and adolescents in several countries in the world.
Eligibility Criteria for Schemes
The scheme has two cash transfer components:
- K1: The first is an Annual incentive of Rs. 750/- to be paid annually to the girls in the age group 13 to 18 years (studying in Class VIII equivalent or above for every year that they remained in education, provided they are unmarried at the time.
- K2: The second is a One-Time Grant of Rs. 25,000/-, to be paid after a girl turns 18, provided that she was engaged in an academic or occupational pursuit and was unmarried.
- West Bengal Freeship Scheme (WBFS)
About the Scheme
WBFS is for the under Graduate students level AICTE approved Engineering & Technology/ Pharmacy/ Architecture programmes conducted by the self financing private Engineering and Technical Institutions of the State. The waiver is limited to the tuition fee for all the institutions concerned. All other fees except tuition fees will have to be borne by the beneficiary.
The candidate must be domicile of West Bengal and a Merit rank in State Level/National Level Entrance Examination. Annual family income of the candidate must not be more than Rs.2.50 lakhs. Candidates selected under Tuition Free Waiver (TFW) Scheme of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) or West Bengal Swami Vivekananda Merit-cum-Means Scholarship Scheme will not be eligible under this WBFS.
1. Jharkhand E-KALYAN Scholarship
Scope and Objective
E-Kalyan Jharkhand is a renowned online scholarship portal of Jharkhand run by Scheduled Tribe, Scheduled Caste, Minority and Backward Class Welfare Department, Government of Jharkhand. The portal not only enlists the scholarships provided by the department but also invites applications from eligible students every year. The key objective behind the e-Kalyan Jharkhand portal is to achieve transparency and accountability in scholarship implementation and disbursement. It also speeds up the process of processing applications, sanctioning and disbursement of the scholarships.
The student must be a domicile or permanent resident of Jharkhand state and belong to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) or Backward Class (BC). They must be studying at institutions recognised by the Government of Jharkhand/Competent authority in Jharkhand. The annual income of the family should not exceed INR 2.5 Lakh (for SC/ST candidates) and INR 1.5 Lakh (for BC candidates).
- Merit-cum-Means G.P. Birla Scholarship
Last Date for Receipt of Application: 30th September 2021
Eligibility for Scholarship:
Students, male or female, from West Bengal, who have in the year 2021, passed Class XII exam and have secured marks 85% or more from WBCHSE or 90% or more from ISC/CBSE and whose family income is less than Rs.3,00,000/- per year and as such need financial help to pursue further studies in any stream including Science, Commerce, Arts, Engineering, Medicine, Architecture, Law or professional courses such as Chartered Accountancy, Company Secretaryship and Cost Accountancy, if pursuing along with Under Graduation Degree course, in any recognized University/Institution in India may apply. For students who are extra meritorious, maximum family income criteria may be relaxed in the specific cases at the discretion of the Trustees.
Scholarship amount, to be granted to a limited number of selected students, will be to cover Tuition Fees and Hostel Fees (where applicable), subject to a ceiling of Rs.50,000/- per student per year, to be continued after the first year upon satisfactory performance, for a maximum of 4 years. Additional onetime payment of Rs.7000/- towards purchase of Books in first year will also be made. Applications may be made online or in offline mode.
Offline applications should be sent to the following address:
- P. Birla Educational Foundation, 78, Syed Amir Ali Avenue, Kolkata - 700 019 (Landmark: Calcutta Ice Skating Rink).