Introduction

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.

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.

 

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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.

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.

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.

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/guardian from all sources does not exceed Rs.2.50 lakh.

Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain 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 the above notified minorities in the States/ Union Territories of Census 2001.

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.

Unlike scholarship for SC and ST, there are a fixed number of scholarships for minorities is small and limited. Students from BPL families, having the lowest income shall be given preference in the ascending order. The renewal applications would be fully exhausted before the new applications are considered.

Scholarship will be provided for the entire course. However, maintenance allowance will be given for a period not exceeding 10 months only in an academic year.

Actual financial assistance will be provided for admission/tuition fee and maintenance allowance as given below subject to a maximum ceiling indicated against item concerned:

S.No. Item Hostellers* Day Scholars
1. Admission and tuition fee for classes XI and XII. Actual subject to a maximum ceiling of Rs.7,000 p.a. Actual subject to a maximum ceiling of Rs.7,000 p.a.
2. Admission and course/tuition fee for technical and vocational courses of XI and XII level. (Includes fees/charges for raw materials, etc.) Actual subject to a maximum ceiling of Rs.10,000 p.a. Actual subject to a maximum ceiling of Rs.10,000 p.a.
3. Admission and tuition fee for under-graduate, post graduate. Actual subject to a maximum ceiling of Rs.3,000 p.a. Actual subject to a maximum ceiling of Rs.3,000 p.a.
4 Maintenance allowance for 10 months only in an academic year (Includes expenses for study material, etc.)    
  (i) lasses XI and XII including technical and vocational courses of this level. Rs.380 p.m. Rs.230 p.m.
  (ii) Courses other than technical and professional courses at under-graduate and post graduate level Rs.570 p.m. Rs.300 p.m.
  (iii) M. Phil and Ph.D. (For those researchers who are not awarded any fellowship by university or any other authority) Rs.1200 p.m. Rs.550 p.m.

*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 Administration.

(i) 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/guardian from all sources does not exceed Rs.2.50 lakh. Unlike scholarship for SC and ST, there are a fixed number of scholarships for minorities and hence preference for selection has been laid down. Students from BPL families, having the lowest income shall be given preference in the ascending order. The renewal applications would be fully exhausted before the new applications are considered.

(ii) The award will be discontinued if a student fails to secure 50% marks or equivalent grade in the previous final examination. Scholarship will not be awarded for more than the normal period of time taken to obtain certificate/degree/M. Phil degree/doctorate degree.

(iii) Scholarships will not be given to more than two students in a family.

(iv) The students should be regular in attendance for which the yardstick will be decided by the competent authority of the school/college/university.

(v) Income certificate should be on self-certification basis by way of an affidavit on non-judicial stamp paper for self-employed parents and from employer for employed parents.

(vi) The school/college/university authority will certify the claim of the student of being an outstation students not residing in hostel of the institution concerned on the basis of permanent address and parent’s address.

(vii) Migration of students from one institution to another would not normally be allowed during the course of the academic year except under exceptional circumstances and in the interest of the student’s academic career.

(viii) If a student violates any other term and condition of the scholarship, the 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/certificates, his/her scholarship will be cancelled forthwith and the amount of the scholarship paid shall be recovered, at the discretion of the concerned State Government/Union Territory Administration.

(x) The State Government/Union Territory Administration will lay down the detailed procedure for processing and sanctioning of scholarships to eligible students.

(xi) Course fee/tuition fee will be credited to the school’s/college’s/institution’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 a separate account 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 scholarship scheme shall not be allowed to avail of benefits under any other scholarship scheme for the same purpose.

(xv) The State Government/ Union Territory Administration shall constitute a committee of the departments implementing such scholarship schemes to ensure that the students from the minority community, who may also belong to SC/ST/OBC category, does not avail scholarship from other sources for the same purpose and avail only from one source.

(xvi) The fund for distribution of scholarships in subsequent years will be released after receiving the utilization certificate for the previous year.

(xvii) 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 study will be borne by the Ministry under the provision of the scheme.

(xviii) The State/Union Territory shall place all relevant details of financial and physical achievements on their website.

(xix) 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 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 computerised 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 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 equipments 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.

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 examination.

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 concerned State Government/Union Territory Administration will supply the application forms, till such time computerized systems are made operational. The application forms should be received back along with requisite certificates/certifications within the stipulated period.

100% funding will be given by the Central Government to the State Government/Union Territory Administration.

The States/Union Territories implementing the scheme shall monitor the financial and physical performance of the scheme at the State/Union Territory level. For this purpose, an IT enabled monitoring 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/college/institute, location of school/college/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.

 

FAQ

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 scheme for minority communities provides the scholarship to students from class XI to Ph.D (XI, XII, Technical/Vocational, Under Graduate, Post Graduate, M.Phil & Ph.D) studying in Government/ recognized private schools/ colleges/ universities/ institutes in India including technical/ vocational courses in Industrial Training Institutes/ Industrial Training Centers and the courses not covered under merit-cum-means based scholarship scheme for minority communities. This Scholarship is not available for LLB, MBA, MCA, BE and MBBS. (See website:-www.minorityaffairs.gov.in)

Students belonging to Muslim/ Christian/ Sikh/ Buddhist/ Parsi, who have secured not less than 50% marks in previous final examination and the annual income of his/her parents/ guardians from all sources not exceeding Rs. 2.00 lakhs, can apply for the post-matric scholarship in the prescribed application to the Department dealing with minority welfare of his/her State/UT, on advertisement published by the State Government/ Union Territory Administration concerned.

Under post-matric scholarship, financial assistance for admission & course/tuition fee and maintenance allowance is given, as under:

State Government/ Union Territory Administration concerned or their designated agencies disburse the maintenance allowance to the student’s bank accounts, and admission and course/ tuition fee to the bank account of School/ College/ University/ Institute concerned.

It commenced from the year 2008-09.
Please communicate in the following mailing address: Email:- postmatric-mma@nic.in Fax:- 011-24364279 / 011-24364310.
S.No. Name & Address Telephone No.
1 Principal Secretary, Principal Secretary, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, ‘A’ Block, Ground Floor, A.P. Secretariat, Hyderabad – 500 022. 040-23244501
2 Secretary,Social Welfare Deptt., Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Block No.-2, Civil Secretariat,
(Near Public Service Commission Office), Itanagar.
0360-2245080
3 Secretary, Deptt. for Welfare of Minorities & Development, Govt. of Assam, Dispur. 0361-2232526
4 Principal Secretary, Minority Welfare Deptt., Govt. of Bihar, Barrack No.6, Main Old Sectt. Patna 0612-2234518
5 Secretary Tribal & Scheduled Castes Welfare Deptt., Govt. of Chhattisgarh, Room No.266, Dou Kalyan Singh Bhawan, Raipur 0771-2234110
6 Secretary, Social Welfare Deptt., Govt. of Goa, Panaji. 0832-2223784
7 Principal Secretary. Social Justice & Empowerment Deptt., Govt. of Gujarat, New Sachivalaya Complex, Gandhinagar – 382 010. 079-23251203 / 23251201 / 23251209 / 23254817
8 Secretary, Social Justice & Empowerment Deptt., Govt. of Haryana, Room No.403, SSO Building, Haryana Civil Secretariat, Sector - 17, Chandigarh. 0172-2703522
9 Principal Secretary, Social Justice& Empowerment Deptt., Govt. of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla. 0177-2621892 / 2880722
10 Principal Secretary, Social Welfare Deptt., Govt. of Jammu & Kashmir Civil Secretariat, Srinagar – 190 001. 0194-2452271
11 Principal Secretary, Welfare Deptt., Govt. of Jharkhand, Project Bhawan, Dhruva, Ranchi - 834004. 0651-2552398
12 Secretary, Minority Welfare Deptt., Govt. of Karnataka, Vikas Soudha, M.S. Building, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Veedi,Bangalore – 560001. 080- 22200623 / 22034440
13 Secretary, General Education Department, Government of Kerala Thiruvananthapuram 0471-2518459
14 Principal Secretary, Backward Classes & Minority Welfare Deptt., Govt. of Madhya Pradesh Man tralaya, Vallabh Bhavan, Bhopal. 0755-2553329
15 Secretary, School Education & Sports Deptt, Govt. of Maharashtra, Mantralaya Annexe, Mumbai - 400032 022-22025301
16 Principal Secretary, Welfare of Minorities & OBC Deptt., Govt. of Manipur, Imphal. 0385-2451902
17 Commissioner & Secretary, Education Department, Govt. of Meghalaya, Shillong. 0364-2226684
18 Principal Secretary, Education & Human Resource Development Department, Govt. of Mizoram, Aizawl. 0389-2323224
19 Commissioner & Secretary, Social Welfare Deptt., Govt. of Nagaland, Kohima. 0370-2270339
21 Secretary, Welfare Deptt., Govt. of Punjab, Mini Secretariat, Sector – 9, Chandigarh. 0172-2742691 / 2743721 / 5097500
22 Principal Secretary, Education Deptt., Govt. of Rajasthan, Sachivalaya, Room No. 340, SSO Building, Jaipur. 0141-2227380 / 2220258 / 2227380
23 Secretary, Social Welfare Deptt., Govt. of Sikkim, Gangtok. 09434109826 / 03592-205596
24 Secretary, Backward Classes, Most Backward Classes, Minorities Welfare Deptt., Govt. of Tamil Nadu, Secretariat, St. George Fort, Chennai-600009. 044-25670848
25 Commissioner and Secretary, SC, OBC & RM Welfare Deptt., Govt. of Tripura, Agartala - 799001 0381-2322943
26 Principal Secretary, Minority Welfare & Wakf Deptt., Govt. of Uttar Pradesh, Sachivalaya, 4th Floor, Bapu Bhawan, Lucknow. 0522-2237157
27 Secretary, Minority Welfare Deptt., Govt. of Uttarakhand, Secretariat, Dehradun. 0135-2712061
28 Secretary, Minorities Affairs & Madrasa Education Deptt., Govt. of West Bengal, Writers’ Buildings, Kolkata - 700 001. 033-22144015
29 Secretary, Social Welfare Deptt., Andaman & Nicobar Admn., Port Blair. 03192-232382
30 Secretary, Social Welfare-cum-Home Deptt., Chandigarh Admn., UT Secretariat, Sector-9, Chandigarh. 0172-2740008
31 Secretary, Social Welfare Deptt., Dadra & Nagar Haveli Admn., Silvasa. 0260-2230088
32 Secretary, Social Welfare Deptt., Daman & Diu Admn. Moti Daman. 0260-2230088
33 Secretary, Deptt. for the Welfare of SC/ST/OBC/Minority, Govt. of NCT of Delhi, IInd Floor ‘B’ Block, Vikas Bhawan, I.P.Estate, New Delhi-110002. 011-23378278
34 Secretary, Social Justice, Empowerment & Culture Deptt., Lakshdweep Admn., Kavaratti. 04896-263180
35 Secretary, Social Welfare Deptt., Govt. of Puducherry, Secretariat, Puducherry. 0413-2334484