for girl students. The scholarship of ₹ 1000/- to ₹ 10,700/ - is awarded to every selected student.
An outlay of ₹ 5000/- crore has been provided in the XII Five Year Plan to award 414.50 lakh
scholarships fresh and renewals during the Plan period (2012-17).
(ii) Post-Matric Scholarship Scheme: The scheme of post-matric scholarship was launched in
2007. It is a central sector scheme awarded for studies in India in a government higher secondary
school/college including residential government higher secondary school/college and eligible
private institues selected and notified in a transparent manner by the state government/union
territory administration concerned. Students who secure 50 per cent marks in the previous year’s
final examination and whose parents’/guardians’ annual income does not exceed ₹ 2.00 lakh are
eligible for award of scholarship. Under the Scheme, 5 lakh fresh scholarships are proposed to be
awarded every year in addition to the renewals. 30 per cent of scholarships have been earmarked
for girl students. In case sufficient numbers of girl students are not available then eligible boy
students are given these scholarships.
(iii) Merit-cum-Means based Scholarship: The merit-cum means based scholarship scheme is a
central sector scheme launched in 2007 wherein 100 per cent scholarship expenditure is being
borne by the central government. Scholarships are awarded for pursuing professional and
technical courses, at undergraduate and post-graduate levels, in institutions recognized by
appropriate authority. Under the scheme, 60,000 fresh scholarships are proposed to be awarded
every year in addition to the renewals. 30 per cent of these scholarships are earmarked for girl
students, which may be utilized by eligible boy students, if adequate numbers of eligible girl
students are not available. 85 institutes for professional and technical courses have been listed in
the scheme. Eligible students from the minority communities admitted to these institutions are
reimbursed full course fee. A course fee of ₹ 20,000 per annum is reimbursed to students
studying in other institutions. Besides, a student is also eligible for maintenance allowance of up
to ₹ 10,000/- p.a. To be eligible, a student should have secured admission in any technical or
professional institution, recognized by an appropriate authority. In case of students admitted
without a competitive examination, they should have secured not less than 50 per cent marks.
The annual income of the family from all sources should not exceed ₹ 2.50 lakh.
Maulana Azad National Fellowship
The Maulana Azad National Fellowship (MANF) scheme for minority students was
launched in 2009 as a Central Sector Scheme (CSS). It is implemented through University
Grants Commission (UGC) and cent per cent central assistance is provided under the Scheme.
The objective of the Scheme is to provide five year fellowships in the form of financial
assistance to students from minority communities, notified by the central government to pursue
higher studies such as M.Phil and Ph.D courses. The fellowship and covers all
universities/institutions recognized by the UGC. The Fellowship is awarded to research scholars
pursuing regular and full time M.Phil and Ph.D courses. In order to qualify for the award of
JRF/SRF, the UGC norms would be applicable at pre-M.Phil and pre-Ph.D stage, respectively,
including the minimum score of 55 per cent at post graduate level 30 per cent of the fellowships
have been earmarked for female candidates. In case there is shortage of female candidates, the
fellowship can be passed on to male candidates of the same minority community.
Naya Savera - Free Coaching and Allied Scheme
The “Free Coaching and Allied Scheme for the candidates belonging to miniority
communities was launched in 2007 by this Ministry.