The Government of India administers various scholarship schemes under its different Ministries/Departments. Each scheme caters to different categories of students. The details of some of the major Schemes of Ministry of HRD are as under:
1. Department of School Education & Literacy under Ministry of HRD
(i) Centrally Sponsored National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme:
The Department of School Education & Literacy is administering a Centrally Sponsored National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme, under which scholarships is given to meritorious students of economically weaker sections to arrest their drop out at class VIII and encourage them to continue the study at secondary stage. One lakh scholarships are awarded to selected students of class IX every year and their continuation/renewal in classes X to XII. Students whose parental income from all sources is not more than Rs. 1,50,000/- per annum are eligible to avail the scholarships. The State reservation policy is being followed.
2. Department of Higher Education under Ministry of HRD
(i) Central Sector Scheme of Scholarship for College and University Students: The aim of the Scheme is to provide financial assistance to meritorious students from low income families to meet a part of their day-to-day expenses while pursuing higher studies. The parental income should not exceed Rs. 6 lakhs per annum. The Scheme caters to both ‘General’ and reserved categories. The Central reservation policy is being followed.
(ii) Special Scholarship Scheme for Jammu & Kashmir: The Scheme aims to provide tuition fees, hostel fees, cost of books and other incidental charges to students belonging to Jammu & Kashmir who, after passing Class XII or equivalent examination through the State Board of Jammu & Kashmir and from Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) affiliated schools located in Jammu & Kashmir, pursuing general degree courses, engineering and medical studies in Government colleges/ institutes/ other non-Government institutes located outside the State of Jammu & Kashmir. The parental income should not exceed Rs. 6 lakhs per annum. The Scheme caters to both ‘General’ and reserved categories. The State reservation policy is being followed.
3. All India Council for Technical Education(AICTE):
(i) Scholarship for Girls (PRAGATI):
Scholarship for girl child admitted in AICTE approved institutions / programmes /courses of Diploma and Undergraduate Degree level. 4000 scholarships are available per annum. Only one girl child per family whose parental income is less than Rs. 6 lakhs per annum can avail the scholarship.
(ii) Scholarship for Differently abled Students:
Eligible differently abled students having parental income of less than Rs.6 lakhs per annum and who are already admitted to technical programs/courses in AICTE approved Institutions during 2014-15 are eligible under the scheme.
4. University Grants Commission (UGC):
“ISHAN UDAY” Special Scholarship Scheme for North Eastern Region:
Special Scholarship Scheme aims to provide equal opportunities for higher studies in North Eastern Region. It is envisaged to provide ten thousand (10,000) fresh scholarships every year beginning from the academic year 2014-15. For availing scholarship under this scheme, the income of the parents of the student should not exceed Rs.4.5 lakh per annum.
There are scholarship schemes namely Central Sector Scheme of Scholarship for College and University Students, Special Scholarship Scheme for Jammu & Kashmir, Scholarship for Girls (PRAGATI), “ISHAN UDAY” Special Scholarship Scheme for North Eastern Region which are also available to General Category students subject to their meeting the requirement of merit and family income ceiling.
This information was given by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Irani in a written reply to the Lok Sabha question.