1.        BACKGROUND

The  Prime  Minister’s  New  15  Point  Programme  for  the  Welfare  of  Minorities  was announced  in  June,  2006.  It  provides  that  a  post-matric  scholarship  scheme  for meritorious students from minority communities would be implemented.

2.        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.

3.        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).


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.


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  2017-18  and  as  per  the population of minorities in the States/Union Territories of Census 2011 for 2018-19 and 2019-20 (as per Appendices- A & B).


(i)        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 cancelled forthwith and the amount  of  the scholarship paid will be recovered by the concerned State/UT Govt.

(xii)      The  course/tuition  fees  and  maintenance  allowancewill  be  credited  to  the student’s account directly under 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.


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 previous year’s examination (provided the students pursues the same course and same Institute/School).


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  scheme  is  implemented  through  the  National  Scholarship  Portal  (NSP).  It  is mandatory for all students to apply online on the website i.e.

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