Post Matric Scholarship are open apply now. The Prime Minister’s New 15 Point Programme for the Welfare of Minorities was announced in June. It provides that a post-matric scholarship scheme for meritorious students from minority communities would be implemented.
Post Matric Scholarships Scheme for Minorities 2019 is for students of class 11 to Ph.D. belonging to the minority communities. This scholarship aims to provide financial assistance to students of the minority communities who are meritorious but are restricted by the financial constraints. The scholarship is being offered by the Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India.
Post Matric Scholarship 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.
Post Matric Scholarship SCOPE
The scholarship is to be awarded for studies in India in a government or private higher secondary school/college/university, including such residential institutes of the Government and eligible private institutes selected and notified in a transparent manner by the State Government/Union Territory Administration concerned. It will also cover technical and vocational courses in Industrial Training Institutes/ Industrial Training Centres affiliated with the National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) of classes XI and XII level including Polytechnics and other courses (any course of less than one year duration is not covered under this scheme; Certificate courses are also not covered).
Post Matric Scholarship ELIGIBILITY
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.2.00 lakh.
Post Matric Scholarship DISTRIBUTION
Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Jain, and Zoroastrians (Parsis) have been notified as minority communities under Section 2 (c) of the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992. A total of five (05) lakh scholarships are targeted to be distributed as ‘Fresh’ Scholarships, besides, Renewal scholarships. The distribution of scholarship among the States/Union Territories will be made on the basis of population of minorities in the States/Union Territories as per Census 2001 for 2019-18 and as per the population of minorities in the States/Union Territories of Census 2011 for 2019-19 and 2019-20 (as per Appendices- A & B).
Post Matric Scholarship EARMARKING
i) 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. 30% is the floor and not the ceiling for eligible girl students.
ii) If the physical target of scholarship for a particular minority community in a state/UT is not utilized, it will be distributed among the same minority Page 2 of 5 community in other States/UTs strictly in accordance with merit and without disturbing the national ratio. Any unutilized community quota shall be distributed amongst other communities again in accordance with merit and without affecting the overall national quota.
iii) A student residing in a particular State/UT will be entitled to scholarship under the quota of that State/UT only irrespective of his/her place of study.
Post Matric Scholarship SELECTION PROCEDURE
Fresh – As the number of scholarships for minorities available in a year is fixed and limited, it is necessary to lay down preference for selection. Inter-se selection weight is to be given to poverty rather than marks (the applicant is required to submit an income certificate as per para-11(ii)). In case of same income, merit shall be generated from ‘Date of Birth’ criteria of an applicant (senior is preferred).
Renewal – There is no merit list generation for renewal cases. Renewal applicant will get the scholarship if one has obtained 50% in his/her previous year’s examinations (at the same institute and in the same course) and his/her application is verified by all authorities (as designated by Ministry of Minority Affairs) and approved by State Governments/UTs.
Post Matric Scholarship DURATION
The scholarships shall be provided for the entire course of the academic year. Maintenance allowance will be given as fixed lump sum amount in an academic year (as per para-9 below) for 2019.
RATES OF Post Matric 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 for 2019. The details of the scheme interventions are as under:
The scheme is being implemented/funded by the Ministry of Minority Affairs through the States/UT’s Administration.
CONDITIONS FOR SCHOLARSHIP
(i) The scholarship will be awarded to the students studying in Classes XI and XII including technical and vocational courses of this level including Polytechnics, ITIs, and other courses.
(ii) An Income Certificate, issued from a Competent Authority in the State/UT Governments is required in respect of parent/guardian of the student.
(iii) A Self-Certified Community Certificate is required from the student who has attained 18 years of age. For others the Community Certificate certified by parent/guardian of the student is required.
(iv) The continuance of award (for Renewal applicants) will be subject to securing 50% marks in the previous year’s examination (provided the students pursues the same course and same Institute/School).
(v) Maintenance allowance will be provided to hostellers and day scholars.
(vi) Scholarship will not be given to more than two students from a family (applicable for all Scholarship schemes meant for minorities under this Ministry taken together).
(vii) Students should be regular in attendance for which the yardstick will be decided by the competent authority of the school.
(viii) The school/institute will certify the claim of student of being an outstation student not residing in hostel of the school/institute concerned on the basis of permanent address and parents’ address.
(ix) Migration of students from one school/institute to another is not allowed for renewal applicants during the period of academic course.
(x) If a student violates school discipline or any other terms and conditions of the scholarship, 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.
(xi) If a student is found to have obtained a scholarship by false statement, his/her scholarship will be canceled forthwith and the amount of the scholarship paid will be recovered by the concerned State/UT Govt.
(xii) The course/tuition fees and maintenance allowance will be credited to the student’s account directly under the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mode.
(xiii) The student obtaining benefits under this scheme shall not be allowed to avail of benefits under any other scheme for this purpose.
(xiv) A student shall be eligible for only one scholarship out of all the available Scholarships of Central Government meant for SC/ST/OBC/ minority.
(xv) The number of Administrative Expenses (@ 2%) for States/UTs in a subsequent year shall be released after receiving the utilization certificate for the previous years.
(xvi) 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 will be borne by the Ministry of Minority Affairs under the provision of the scheme.
(xvii) The State/Union Territory shall place all relevant details of financial and physical achievements on their website.
(xviii) The regulations can be changed at any time at the discretion of the Government of India.
(xix) It will be necessary for the eligible applicants to provide Aadhaar number while applying for the scholarship and in case, an individual does not possess Aadhaar one can provide the details of alternative identification documents, as stated in the Gazette Notification- S.O. No. 1284 (E) No. 1137, (as per Appendix-C).
(xx) Students who have entered Aadhaar in their online application correctly and Aadhaar seeded with any of their bank accounts, in such cases the amount of scholarship will be credited to Aadhaar seeded bank account only (though a student has mentioned any other non-seeded bank account in the online application).
As the magnitude of data to be entered and processed would be enormous as the scheme gets implemented over the years, there would be a need to engage qualified skilled personnel right from the beginning to ensure that the data based computerized systems are operational. Qualified skilled personnel possessing the requisite expertise to operate computer programme designed for this purpose, enter, process, analyze, monitor, retrieve and transfer data should be engaged on contract basis as per need. Data provided by the States/Union Territories will be maintained and managed by the Ministry with personnel of similar expertise to be engaged on contract basis.
A provision not exceeding 2% of the total budget will be made to meet the administrative and allied costs viz. expenditure of the States/Union Territories and the Ministry for office equipment including computers and accessories, furniture, printing of application forms, advertisements, engagement of personnel, etc. This provision will also be used for evaluation and monitoring of the scheme, through outside reputed institutions/agencies engaged by the Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India and the State Governments/Union Territory Administrations.
RENEWAL OF Post Matric Scholarship
The scholarship, once awarded, may be renewed during the next academic year of the course on the production of the certificate that the student has secured 50% marks in the previous year’s examination (provided the students pursues the same course and same Institute/School).
ANNOUNCEMENT OF SCHEME
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.
MODE OF APPLYING
The scheme is implemented through the National Scholarship Portal (NSP). It is mandatory for all students to apply online on the website i.e. www.scholarships.gov.in.
PATTERN OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
The scheme is Central Sector Scheme and 100% funding is provided by the Ministry of Minority Affairs.
MONITORING & TRANSPARENCY
The State/Union Territory shall maintain year-wise details of the students receiving scholarship, indicating school/institute, location of school/institute, government or private, class, gender, new or renewal, permanent address and parents’ address. The States/ Union Territories shall place relevant physical and financial details in their official website
The monitoring of the financial and physical performance of the scheme will be evaluated by assigning evaluation/impact studies to reputed institutions/agencies by the Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India.
INSTRUCTIONS RELATED TO BANK ACCOUNT DETAILS
(to be filled by the students in online application form are as under):
(i) Students must select their bank/branch name carefully from the drop down list.
(ii) Thereafter the complete account no. must be entered correctly. Students are suggested to get their account number verified by their concerned Bank Branch including Bank account number and IFS Code.
(iii) Disclaimer (*If bank details entered by students are found incorrect or not validated by the student’s bank, the scholarship will be canceled/amount will not be transferred even though the application is approved for scholarship).
(iv) Bank Account holders must check their ‘Know your Customer’ (KYC) status from bank and if required the KYC must be done for successful transaction of scholarship amount.
(v) Bank Account must be operational/active till the scholarship is disbursed.
(vi) Bank Account must be preferably in any scheduled Bank with core banking facility and proper IFS Code.
(vii) Bank Account must be in the name of the student/applicant only.
Post Matric Scholarship MODIFICATION
Minor modifications, if any, in the scheme having no financial implications may be made by the Competent Authority in the Ministry of Minority Affairs without seeking recourse to SFC/EFC/Cabinet. However, Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure would be consulted.