The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday decided to continue of pre-matric, post-matric and merit-cum-means based scholarship schemes for the students belonging to the six notified minority communities, Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain and Parsi, who are from the economically weaker sections of the society.
Under this scheme around 70 lakh fresh scholarships at a cost of Rs 5338.32 crore are likely to be disbursed in 2019-20, an official release said.
“These Schemes shall be implemented through the National Scholarship Portal (NSP) (https://scholarships.gov.in/) and scholarships are disbursed through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mode”, the release added.
The scholarship is awarded to students, studying in Government Schools/ Institutes or recognised private schools/ institutes and who have secured not less than 50 percent marks in the previous final examination.
“In addition to the fresh scholarships, renewal of earlier scholarships is for students who have been awarded scholarships in the previous years and fulfill the eligibility criteria”, the release said.
Under pre-matric scholarship, a scheme introduced to encourage parents from minority communities to send their school going children, studying in class 1 to 10, students, whose parents earn less than one laksh annually, will be eligible to this scholarship.
In the year 2019-20, the Union government is targeting 30,00,000 fresh applications under this scheme.
For students, hosteller and day scholars, studying from class six to 10 will get Rs. 500 per annum as admission fees.
Likewise, these students are eligible to get Rs. 4200 yearly as tuition fees.
Students studying in class 1 to 5 will get Rs. 1000 per annum as maintenance allowance and students in class 6 to 10 (hostellers) will get Rs. 6000 and day scholar will get Rs. 1000 per annum.
Under post-matric scholarship scheme, students are eligible to get this benefit whose parents/guardians income should not be more than Rs. two lakh.
In the 2019-20 government is targeting 5 lakh fresh applications under this category.
Both hostellers and day scholars studying in classes 11 and 12 will get Rs 7000 per annum as admission and tuition fees.
For technical and vocational courses of 11 and 12, students will get Rs. 1000 as admission and course/tuition fees.
Students who are doing undergraduate, post graduate, Mphil and PhD will get Rs 3000 per annum as admission and tuition fees.
Students, who are studying in class 11 and 12 including technical and vocation courses at undergraduate and post graduate level, will get Rs.3800 per annum. Students other than doing technical and professional courses at this level will get Rs 5700 per annum.
MPhil, PhD students, who are hostellers will get Rs 12000 and day scholars will get 5500 per annum.
The merit-cum-means scheme, will provide financial assistance to poor and meritorious minority students to pursue professional and technical courses at under graduate and post graduate levels.
This scheme aims students, whose parents’ annual income should not exceed 2.50 laksh and government is targeting to give 60,000 fresh applications in 2019-20.
Under the scheme, full course fees will be reimbursed to the students from 85 institutes listed under the scheme; and for others at Rs. 20,000/- per annum.
Hostellers will get Rs 10,000 and day scholars will get Rs 5000 as maintenance allowance per annum, the release said.