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CENTRAL SECTOR SCHEME OF SCHOLARSHIPS FOR COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY STUDENTS 2019-20

GUIDELINES FOR THE CENTRAL SECTOR SCHEME OF SCHOLARSHIP FOR COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY STUDENTS

CENTRAL SECTOR SCHEME OF SCHOLARSHIPS FOR COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY STUDENTS 2019-20

OBJECTIVE : 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.

SCOPE : The scholarshipsare awarded on the basis of the results of Senior Secondary Examination. 82000 fresh scholarships per annum [41000 for boys and 41000 for girls] areawarded for pursuing graduate / postgraduate studies in colleges and universities and for professional courses, such as Medical, Engineering etc.

ALLOCATION OFSCHOLARSHIPS : The total numberof scholarships are divided amongst the State EducationBoards based on the State‟s population in the age group of 18-25 years, after segregating share of CBSE and ICSE on the basis of number of students passing out from various Boards in the country. 50 % of the scholarshipis earmarked for girls. The numberof scholarships allotted to a StateEducation Board isdistributed amongst pass outs of the Science, Commerce and Humanities streams in the ratio of 3:2:1. In case of shortfall in the number of applications, the scholarship slots could be inter-changed.

ELIGIBILITY : Students who are above 80thpercentile of successful candidates in the relevant stream from the respective Board of Examination in Class XII of 10+2 pattern or equivalent and pursuing regular courses (not correspondence or distance mode) in Colleges/Institutions recognized by All India Council of Technical Education, UGC Act, 1956, Medical Council of India, Dental Council of India and respective regulatory authoritiesand not availing benefit of any other scholarship scheme including State run scholarship schemes/Fee waiver and reimbursement scheme are eligible under the scheme.Students pursuing Diploma courses are not eligible under the scheme.

RESERVATION : Students belonging to reserved categories/weaker sections /minorities are eligible on the basis of merit, subject to Central Reservation Policy and internal earmarking. Reservations for the various categories are as follows : Scheduled Castes (SCs)15 % , Scheduled Tribes(STs) 7.5%, Other Backward Classes(OBCs)27 % and horizontally 5% for Physically Handicapped / Persons(s) with Disabilities (PwDs) in all the categories.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE SCHEME AND SELECTION PROCEDURE
1)National Scholarship Portal (NSP) www.scholarships.gov.inwill be opened for online application in the month of June-July every year.
2)Class XII passoutstudents of the current Academic Year, who are above 80thpercentile of the respective State Education Boards (SEBs) are eligible under the scheme and can apply on National Scholarship Portal (www.scholarship.gov.in), before the cut-off date. Physical applicationwould not be accepted.
3)The online applications would be verified attwo levels:(i) By the Institutewhere the student isstudying.(ii)Bythe respective State Education Board.
4)Applicant is required to submit requisite documents, such as [ Class 12thmark sheet, Income Certificate] to the Institute.
5)Applicationwhich is not verified either bythe institute or by the concerned State Education Board or byboth will betreated as „Invalid‟.
6)Merit list asper the State allocated quota would be generated from the verified applications.


RATE OF SCHOLARSHIPS : The rate of scholarship is Rs.10000/-per annum at Graduation level for first three years ofCollege and University coursesand Rs.20000/-per annum at Post-Graduation level. Students pursuing professional courses, in case, where the duration of course is five (5) years/Integratedcourse would get Rs.20000/-per annum in the 4thand 5thyear. However, students pursuing technical coursessuch as B.Tech., B.Engg would get scholarship up to graduation level.

PARENTAL INCOME CEILING : The parental/family income ceiling is Rs. 8lakh per annum for all categories under the scheme and would be applicable from the Academic Session 2018-19.Income certificate would be required for the fresh applicants only.

DURATION OF SCHOLARSHIPS AND ITS RENEWALA :
student will be eligible for the scholarship for a total durationnot exceeding 5 years.A scholarship under the scheme is renewable on yearto year basis upto Post Graduate level in the same stream(except for the students pursuing technicalcourses leading to degree at graduation level).

If a scholar is unable to appear in the annual examination owing toillness and or on account of any unforeseen event, the award may be renewed for the next academic year on submission of medical certificate and other proof to satisfy the Head of the Institution who will certify that thestudent would have passed with required percentage of marks or equivalent Grade Point Average, had he/sheappeared in the examination.

A scholar would be allowed to continue/renew his/herscholarship if, he/shechanges the course of study to a stream not offered by his school Board in Class XII (e.g. Law, Fashion Technology, etc.). Students changing their college/institute of study would be allowed to continue/renew the scholarship provided the course of study and the institution is recognized.

For receiving scholarship benefit under Central Sector Scheme of Scholarship for College and University Students, an individual shall furnish proof of possession of Aadhaar or undergo Aadhaar authentication. Tillthe time Aadhaar is assigned to the individual, following alternative identifierscan be used:
(i) Aadhaar Enrolment ID slip
(ii) Application made for Aadhaar enrolment
(iii) Voter identity card
(iv) Permanent Account Number
(v) Passport
(vi) Driving License
(vii) Certificate of identity having photo of such member issued by a Gazetted Officer or a Tehsildar on an official letter head;
(viii) Identity Card issued by the college or institute or university.
(viii) Any other document with photo specified by the State Government:

Further, the students are required to have the bank accounts opened, especially, in their name for availing the benefits under the scheme.The scholarship will be disbursed directly into the bank accounts of the beneficiaries through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mode. The student can track their payment status from the template “ Know Your Payment” in the Public Financial Management System (PFMS) portal [https://pfms.nic.in/Users/LoginDetails/Login.aspx]either by indicating Aadhaar number or bank account number.

PROCEDURE FOR RENEWAL OF SCHOLARSHIP : 
For students of Academic Year 2008-09 to 2014-15 (up to 3rdrenewal) 
Students who have passed Class XII in the Academic Year 2008-09 to 2014-15 (up to 3rdrenewal)are required to obtain the renewal application blank form from the respective State Education Boards and submit the same duly certified from their respective institutions which is required to certify:
(a) that the student has secured 60 %or more marks in the previous exam,
(b) that the student has 75 % attendance and
(c) that the student is not involved in any ragging activities.

For students of Academic Year 2014-15 (4threnewal) (Offline)
Students who have passed Class XII and have received fresh/renewal scholarship through the State Education Board concerned, are required to obtain the renewal application blank form from the respective State Education Boards and submit the same duly certified from their respective institutions which is required to certify:
(a) that the student has secured 50 %or more marks in the previous exam
(b) that the student has 75 % attendance and
(c) that the student is not involved in any ragging activities.

For students ofAcademic Year 2015 and onwards through National Scholarship Portal
Students who have passed Class XII and have received fresh/renewal scholarship through the National Scholarship Portal (NSP) must apply online in the National Scholarship Portal(www.scholarships.gov.in) for therenewal scholarships.The 50 % and above criteria will be applicable prospectively i.e. for renewals becoming due from 2018-19 onwards.

Renewal applications sent directlyto the Ministry of Human Resource Developmentshallnot be accepted.

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