Number of Scholarships- 38,000 per year
The Scheme for award of National Scholarships on merit was introduced in 1961-62 for Post-matric Studies so that no brilliant student is prevented on ground of poverty from pursuing an academic career. The scholarships are allotted among the various States and Union Territory on the basis of population. The Registrars of Universities/Secretaries of Education Boards furnish data in regard to the number of students appeared and passed in various examinations in prescribed proforma by the end of September each year.
Indian nationals who have secured 60% aggregate marks in the qualifying examination and passed in the same year of award of scholarship are eligible for award. Persons in full time employment or in receipt of any other scholarship/stipend or studying on part-time basis/privately are not eligible.
Scholarships for Post-Graduate studies are sanctioned without consideration of the income of the parents of the candidates. In case of under-graduate/diploma courses the scholarship is offered to those candidates whose parents income is not more than 25,000 per annum. Tenability: A Scholarship under the scheme is tenable from the year it is made. The Scholarship is tenable for the next course of study and not for any equivalent course. In the case of engineering/medicine studies, the scholarship is tenable for the first degree. Award is not given/renewed for Ph.D/Research studies.
Eligible scholars are selected strictly in order of merit by the examining bodies after the result of the examinations are announced by the Board/University i.e. the qualifying examination, starting from the top of the merit list of each examination for which the quota of scholarship has been allocated. The Board/Universities send copies of the list of provisionally selected candidates to the State Governments/Union Territories within 10 weeks from the date of declaration of the result. The Selected scholar present the Entitlement Card, the completed ` Statement of Particulars and Income Affidavit Forms duly filled in to the Head of the Institution joined by him. The Director of Collegiate Education/Higher Education/Public Instruction/Education of the State/Union Territory Administration, as the case may be, who are administering the awards in question and who make the final selection on receipt of the Joining Report along with the completed Statement of Particulars and income Affidavit etc., arrange to pay the scholarship money after scrutinising the documents. The scholarship is renewable from year to year within the same stage of education depending on promotion to the next class with 50% aggregate marks.
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