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 including Polytechnics and other courses (any course of less than one
year duration is not covered under this scheme; Certificate courses are also not


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) 30% scholarship is earmarked for girls students of each minority community in a
State/UT which is transferable to male students of that community in case of
non-availability of female students in that community in the concerned State/UT.
30% is the floor and not the ceiling for eligible girl students.
ii) If the physical target of scholarship for a particular minority community in a
state/UT is not utilized, it will be distributed among the same minority community in other States/UTs strictly in accordance with merit and without
disturbing the national ratio. Any unutilized community quota shall be distributed
amongst other communities again in accordance with merit and without
affecting the overall national quota.
iii) A student residing in a particular State/UT will be entitled for scholarship under
the quota of that State/UT only irrespective of his/her place of study.


Fresh - 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 (the applicant is required to submit an
income certificate as per para-11(ii)). In case of same income, merit shall be generated
from ‘Date of Birth’ criteria of applicant (senior is preferred).
Renewal – There is no merit list generation for renewal cases. Renewal applicant will
get the scholarship if one has obtained 50% in his/her previous year’s examinations (at
the same institute and in same course) and his/her application is verified by all
authorities (as designated by Ministry of Minority Affairs) and approved by State


The scholarships shall be provided for the entire course of the academic year.
Maintenance allowance will be given as fixed lump sum amount in an academic year
(as per para-9 below) for 2017-18 to 2019-20.


Actual financial assistance will be provided for admission & course /tuition fee and
maintenance allowance as given below subject to a maximum ceiling indicated against
item concerned for 2017-20. 

2019-20 are as under: (Amount in Rs.) Item Rate of Scholarship Rate of Scholarship Admission + Tuition Fee Admission and tuition fee Class XI & XII: Rs. 7,000/- per annum subject to actuals (both Hosteller & Day Scholar) Admission and course/tuition fee for technical and vocational courses of XI and XII level (Courses of one or more year of duration): Rs. 10,000/- per annum subject to actuals (both Hosteller & Day Scholar) Admission and tuition fee for UG & PG level: Rs. 3,000/- per annum subject to actuals (both Hosteller & Day Scholar) Maintenance Allowance For Class XI & XII including Tech. & Voc. Course*: Rs. 380/- per month for Hosteller & Rs. 230/- per month for Day Scholar Page 3 of 5 For Courses other than Tech. & Prof. courses at UG & PG level*: Rs. 570/- per month for Hosteller & Rs. 300/- per month for Day Scholar For M.Phil & Ph.D.*: Rs. 1,200/- per month for Hosteller & Rs. 550/- per month for Day Scholar * For 10 months in an academic year.


The scheme is being implemented/funded by Ministry of Minority Affairs through the
States/UT’s Administration.


  • (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.
  • (xiv) A student shall be eligible for only one scholarship out of all the available
  • Scholarships of Central Government meant for SC/ST/OBC/ minority.
  • (xv) The amount of Administrative Expenses (@ 2%) for States/UTs in subsequent year shall be released after receiving the utilization certificate for the previous
  • years.
  • (xvi) 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.
  • (xvii) The State/Union Territory shall place all relevant details of financial and physical
  • achievements on their website.
  • (xviii) The regulations can be changed at any time at the discretion of the Government
  • of India.
  • (xix) It will be necessary for the eligible applicants to provide Aadhaar number while
  • applying for the scholarship and in case, an individual does not possess
  • Aadhaar one can provide the details of alternative identification documents, as
  • stated in the Gazette Notification- S.O. No. 1284 (E) No. 1137, dated
  • 21.04.2017 (as per Appendix-C).
  • (xx) Students who have entered Aadhaar in their online application correctly and
  • Aadhaar seeded with any of their bank account, in such cases the amount of
  • scholarship will be credited to Aadhaar seeded bank account only (though
  • student has mentioned any other non-seeded bank account in online
  • application).


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 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 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
previous year’s examination (provided the students pursues the same course and same


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.


The scheme is Central Sector Scheme and 100% funding is provided by the Ministry of
Minority Affairs.


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.


 (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.


 (if any, during 2017-18 to 2019-20)
Minor modifications, if any, in the scheme having no financial implications may be made
by the Competent Authority in the Ministry of Minority Affairs without seeking recourse
to SFC/EFC/Cabinet. However, Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure would
be consulted.

PSMVHSS Kattoor, Thrissur
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