registered under central or state government Acts or Madarsas Board or with Waqf Boards or
NIOS are eligible to apply for assistance under this programme.
Training is to be arranged in groups for Madarsa teachers appointed under the scheme by
SCERTs/DIETs/BRCs. Madarsas with respect to whom expenditure on account of honorarium of
the teachers is met by the state government will not be eligible for salary component. Madarsas
receiving financial assistance for teacher training, text books, computers, science/maths kits etc.,
from any other state/central scheme will not be eligible for that component under this scheme.
Infrastructure Development for Minority Institutes
The Scheme facilitates education of minorities by strengthening school infrastructure in
minority institutions. It covers the entire country. It is to fund infrastructure development of
private aided/unaided minority elementary/ secondary/senior secondary schools to the extent of
75 per cent and subject to a maximum of ₹ 50 lakhs per school. Organizations that are
recognised by central or state government are eligible to apply, should have been functioning for
at least last 3 years and have substantial enrolment of children from minorities. The scheme is
implemented through the state governments and all requests for financial assistance are
entertained by the state government in the prescribed application form.
National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme
The centrally sponsored National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme (NMMSS) was
launched in 2008 with the objective to award scholarships to meritorious students of
economically weaker sections to arrest their drop out at class VIII and encourage them to
continue study at secondary and higher secondary stage up to class XII. One lakh scholarships of
₹ 6,000/- per annum (₹ 500/- per month) per student are awarded to selected students every year
for class IX and their continuation up to class XII in a state government, government-aided and
local body schools. There is quota of scholarships for different states/UTs. Students whose
parental income from all sources is not more than ₹ 1,50,000/- are eligible to avail the
scholarships. There is reservation as per the state government norms. The selection of students
for the scholarships is made through an examination conducted by the state governments.
Scholarships are disbursed directly by electronic transfer into the bank accounts of students on
quarterly basis following DBT mode.
National Scheme of Incentive to Girls
The centrally sponsored National Scheme of Incentive to Girls for Secondary Education
(NSIGSE) was also launched in 2008 with the objective to establish an enabling environment to
reduce the drop-outs and to promote the enrolment of girl children belonging mainly to SC/ST
communities in secondary schools. According to the scheme, a sum of ₹ 3,000/- is deposited in
the name of the unmarried eligible girls as fixed deposit on enrolment in class IX, who are
entitled to withdraw it along with interest thereon on passing class XI and attaining 18 years of
age. The scheme covers (i) all girls belonging to SC/ST communities, who pass VIII and (ii) all
girls who pass VIII examination from Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (irrespective of
whether they belong to SC/ ST) and enrol in class IX in a state government, government-aided
and local body schools.
Implementation of Direct Benefit Transfer