SCHEME OF ‘PRE-MATRIC SCHOLARSHIP’ FOR STUDENTS BELONGING TO THE MINORITY COMMUNITIES.
The Prime Minister’s New 15 Point Programme for the Welfare of Minorities was announced in June, 2006. It provides that a pre-matric scholarship scheme for meritorious students from minority communities would be implemented.
The scholarship at pre-matric level will encourage parents from minority communities to send their school going children to school, lighten their financial burden on school education and sustain their efforts to support their children to complete school education. The scheme will form the foundation for their educational attainment and provide a level playing field in the competitive employment arena. Empowerment through education, which is one of the objectives of this scheme, has the potential to lead to upliftment of the socio economic conditions of the minority communities.
The scholarship will be awarded for studies in India in a government or private school from class I to class X, including such residential Government institutes and eligible private institutes selected and notified in a transparent manner by the State Government and Union Territory Administration concerned.
Scholarship will be awarded to the students who have secured not less than 50% marks in the previous final examination and annual income of their parents/guardian from all sources does not exceed Rs. 1 lakh.
Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Jains and Zoroastrians (Parsis) have been notified as minority communities under Section 2 (c) of the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992. The distribution of scholarship among the States/Union Territories will be made on the basis of population of minorities in the States/Union Territories of Census 2001.(*This would be changed when figures of 2011 Census is available).
EARMARKING FOR GIRL STUDENTS
30% of scholarship will be earmarked for girl students. In case sufficient number of eligible girl students are not available, then the balance earmarked scholarships may be awarded to eligible boy students.
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 weightage is to be given to poverty rather than marks. In case of the renewal applications, such applications would be fully exhausted before the new applications are considered.
The scholarships will be provided for the entire course. Maintenance allowance will be given for 10 months only in an academic year.
RATE OF SCHOLARSHIP
Actual financial assistance will be provided for admission/tuition fee and maintenance
allowance as given below subject to a maximum ceiling indicated against item
|Sr Number||Item||Hostelers*||Day Scholars|
|1||Admission fee from class VI to X||X Rs.500/- per annum subject to actual.||X Rs.500/- per annum subject to actual.|
|2||Tuition fee from class VI to X||Rs.350/- per month subject to actual.||Rs.350/- per month subject to actual.|
|3||Maintenance allowance is payable for a period not|
exceeding 10 months in an academic year
|(i) Class I to V||NIL||Rs. 100/- per month|
|(ii) Class VI to X||Rs. 100/- per month|
*Hostellers include students who are staying in hostel of the school/institute concerned or those provided by the State Government/Union Territory Administration concerned
The scheme will be implemented through the State Government/ Union Territory
CONDITIONS FOR SCHOLARSHIP:
(i) Scholarship will be available to the students of minority community studying in
Classes I to X. The continuance of award will be subject to securing 50% marks in the previous examination. Maintenance allowance will be provided to hostellers and day scholars.
ii) The award will be discontinued if a student fails to secure 50% marks in the annual
examination except in case of unavoidable reasons to be certified by the
Principal/competent authority of the school and recommended by the State
Government/Union Territory Administration.
(iii) Scholarship will not be given to more than two students from a family.
(iv) Students should be regular in attendance for which the yardstick will be decided by the competent authority of the school.
(v) Income Certificate; Income certificate from the employer for employed
parents/guardian or Certificate to be issued by the Competent Authority declared by the State Government/ UT Administration.
(vi) The school/institute will certify the claim of student of being an outstation student not residing in hostel of the school/institute concerned.
(vii) Migration of student from one school/institute to another would not normally be
during the course of academic year except under exceptional circumstances and in the interest of student’s academic career.
(viii) 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.
(ix) If a student is found to have obtained a scholarship by false statement, his/her
scholarship will be cancelled forthwith and the amount of the scholarship paid will be
recovered, at the discretion of the concerned State Government/Union Territory
(x) The State Government/Union Territory Administration will lay down the detailed
procedure for processing and sanctioning of scholarship to eligible students.
(xi) Course fee/Tuition fee will be credited to the school’s/institute’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 normal 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 scheme shall not be allowed to avail of
benefits under any other scheme for this purpose.
(xv) A student shall be eligible for only one scholarship for all sources, i.e.,
(xvi) The State Governments/Union Territory Administrations shall constitute a committee
of the Departments implementing such scholarship schemes to ensure that the student from the minority community, who may also belong to children of those engaged in unclean occupation and OBC do not avail scholarship from other sources for the same purpose and avail only one source.
(xvii) The fund for distribution of scholarship in subsequent year will be released after
receiving the utilization certificate for the previous year.
(xviii) 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.
(xix) The State/Union Territory shall place all relevant details of financial and physical
achievements on their website.
(xx) The regulations can be changed at any time at the discretion of the Government of India.
As the magnitude of data to be entered and processed would be enormous and 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 requisite expertise to operate computer programme designed for this purpose, enter, process, analyse, 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 1% of the total budget will be made to meet the administrative and allied costs viz. expenditure of the States/Union Territories for office equipment’s including computers and accessories, furniture, printing of application forms, advertisement, 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 or by the State Governments/Union Territory administrations
RENEWAL OF SCHOLARSHIP
The scholarship, once awarded, may be renewed during next academic year of the course on the production of certificate that the student has secured 50% marks.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF SCHEME
The scheme will be announced by the concerned State Government/Union Territory
Administration well in time, by giving advertisements in the leading language newspapers and local dailies/vernacular and by using other suitable publicity media.
MODE OF APPLYING
The concerned State Government/Union Territory Administration will supply the application forms, till such time computerized systems are made operational by the State Governments/Union Territory Administrations. The application forms should be received back along with requisite certificates/certifications within the stipulated period.
PATTERN OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Funding pattern between Centre and States will be in the ratio of 75:25. However,
session 2014-15 on becoming Central Sector Scheme. Funding will be 100%. Union Territories will be provided 100 per cent Central assistance.
MONITORING & TRANSPARENCY
The States/Union Territories implementing the scheme shall monitor the financial and
physical performance of the scheme at State/Union Territory level. For this purpose, an I.T. enabled mechanism shall be in place. The State/Union Territory will be required to furnish quarterly financial and physical progress reports to the Ministry. 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.