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 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 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 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).
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 se lection. 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.
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:
|1.||Admission fee from class VI to X||Rs.500/-per annum subject to actual.||Rs.500/-per annum subject to actual.|
|2.||Tuition fee from class VI to X||Rs.350/-per annum subject to actual.||Rs.350/-per annum 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. 600/-per month subject to actual.||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 administration.
(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 should be on self-certification basis by way of affidavit on non-judicial stamp paper of self-employed parents/guardian and from employer for employed parents/guardian.
(vi) 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.
(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 Administration.
(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., SC/ST/OBC.
(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 OB C 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 e ntered 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 skille d 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/Uni on Territories for office equipments 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 r eputed institutions/agencies engaged by the Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India or by the State Governments/Union Territory administrations.
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.
The scheme will be announced by the concerned State Government/Union Territory Administration well in time, by giving advertisements in t he leading language newspapers and local dailies/vernacular and by using other suitable publicity media.
The concerned State Government/Union Territory Administration will supply the application forms, till such time computerize d systems are made operational by the State Governments/Union Territory Administrations. The application forms should be received back alongwith requisite certificates/certifications within the stipulated period.
Fun ding 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.
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 wil l 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, governm ent 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 phys ical 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.
The objective of the scheme is to encourage parents from minority communities to s end 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.
Pre-matric scholarship scheme for minority communities provides the scholarshi p to students from class I to X studying in Government/ recognized private schools/ institutes in India. (See website:- www.minorityaffairs.gov.in)
Under pre-matric scholarship, financial assistance for admission & course/tuition fee and maintenance allowance is given, as under:
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|
Secretary,Social Welfare Deptt., Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Block No.-2, Civil Secretariat,
(Near Public Service Commission Office), Itanagar.
|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||0612-2212345|
|5||Secretary Tribal & Scheduled Castes Welfare Deptt., Govt. of Chhattisgarh, Room No.266, Dou Kalyan Singh Bhawan, Raipur||0771-4268362|
|6||Secretary, Social Welfare Deptt., Govt. of Goa, Panaji.||0832-2232257|
|7||Principal Secretary. Social Justice & Empowerment Deptt., Govt. of Gujarat, New Sachivalaya Complex, Gandhinagar – 382 010.||079-23253265|
|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|
|10||Principal Secretary, Social Welfare Deptt., Govt. of Jammu & Kashmir Civil Secretariat, Srinagar – 190 001.||0191-2452271|
|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.||080-22863618|
|13||Secretary, General Education Department, Government of Kerala Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala||0471-2328438|
|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||022-26051244|
|16||Principal Secretary, Welfare of Minorities & OBC Deptt., Govt. of Manipur, Imphal.||0385-2442539|
|17||Commissioner & Secretary, Education Department, Govt. of Meghalaya, Shillong.||0364-2223424|
|18||Principal Secretary, Education & Human Resource Development Department, Govt. of Mizoram, Aizawl.||0389-2323224|
|19||Commissioner & Secretary, Social Welfare Deptt., Govt. of Nagaland, Kohima.||0370-2271432|
|20||Principal Secretary, Backward & Minorities Welfare Deptt., Govt. of Odisha, Secretariat, Bhubaneswar.||0674-2322760|
|21||Secretary, Welfare Deptt., Govt. of Punjab, Mini Secretariat, Sector – 9, Chandigarh.||0172-5069095|
|22||Principal Secretary, Education Deptt., Govt. of Rajasthan, Sachivalaya, Room No. 340, SSO Building, Jaipur.||0141-2200841|
|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||0381-2323333|
|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.||03192-239140|
|30||Secretary, Social Welfare-cum-Home Deptt., Chandigarh Admn., UT Secretariat, Sector-9, Chandigarh.||0172-270045|
|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.||0413-2248691|