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Merit Cum Means Based Scholarship to Students of Minority Communities: Every year two thousand scholarships will be distributed among the students of minority communities throughout the country. Based on the state-wise population of these communities, the distribution of scholarship will be as under.
Merit cum Means Based Scholarship Scheme: 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.
Renewal of Merit cum Means Based Scholarship: 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 (each semester / trimester of previous year provided the students pursues the same course in the same Institute).
Merit cum Means Based Scholarships for Minority Students 2020 – Details
|Name of the Scholarship Name||Merit cum Means Based Scholarships for Minority Students 2020|
|Scholarship issuing Agency||Minority Welfare Department|
|Title||Merit cum Means Based Scholarships for Minority Students 2020|
|Scholarship Level||National Level|
|Abbreviation||MMBS for Minorities|
|Full-Form||Merit cum Means Based Scholarships to Minorities|
|Name of the Department||MHRD|
|Scheme Closing Date||31-10-2020|
Merit Cum Means Scholarship details
Financial assistance will be given to pursue a degree or postgraduate level technical and professional courses from a recognized institution. Maintenance allowance will be credited to the account. The Course fee will be paid by the State Department directly to the institute concerned.
Students who get admission to a college to pursue the technical or professional course, on the basis of a competitive examination will be eligible for the scholarship. Students who get admission in technical or professional courses without facing any competitive examination will also be eligible for the scholarship. However, such students should have not less than 50 per cent marks at higher secondary or graduation level.
Selection of these students will be done strictly on merit basis. Continuation of the scholarship in subsequent years depending on successful completion of the course during the preceding year. A Scholarship holder under this scheme will not avail any other scholarship or stipend for pursuing the course. The annual income of the beneficiary/parent or guardian of beneficiary should not exceed Rs.2.50 lakh from all course.
ELIGIBILITY: Merit cum Means Based 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.2.50 lakh.
Students, who have got admission in a recognized college to pursue technical or professional courses on the basis of a competitive examination. Students, who have got admission in a recognized college to pursue the technical or professional course, without facing any competitive examination will also be eligible for the scholarship. However, such students should have not less than 50 per cent marks at higher secondary or graduation level. Selection of these students will be done strictly of merit.
A scholarship holder under this scheme will not avail any other scholarship or stipend for pursuing the course. The annual income of the beneficiary/parent or guardian of beneficiary should not exceed Rs.2.50 lakh from all courses. A student residing in a particular State / UT will be entitled to a scholarship under the quota of that State / UT only irrespective of this place of study.
How to Apply:
Mode of Applying: The scheme is implemented through the National Scholarship Portal (NSP). It is mandatory for all students to apply online on the website i.e. www.scholarships.gov.in.
Applications in the prescribed format may be submitted of the department of the concerned State Govt/UT administration, dealing with minority welfare, through the institutions where students are pursuing technical or professional courses. The student must submit their applications to the state which he /she belongs to and not the state where the institution where he/she is studying, is located. Freshers can register and renewals can register
It is mandatory for all students to apply online.
“After submitting applications online, take a print out of application & submit it in the Institutions/College.”
Documents to be attached.:
● Aadhar Card
● Photo with signature
● Last year Mark list
● Residential Proof
● Self Declaration of Income Proof.
● Self-declaration of Religious Certificate.
● Bank Passbook xerox with IFSC Number.
Important Dates: Merit Cum Means Based Scholarships for Minority Students @ National Scholarship Portal. Last date for submission of online application: 31-10-2020
Last date for submission of Scholarships: 31-10-2020
The objective of the Merit cum Means Based Scholarship Scheme is to provide financial assistance to the poor and meritorious students belonging to minority communities to enable them to pursue professional and technical courses.
The Merit cum Means Based Scholarship is to be awarded for studies in India in a Government or private institution, selected and notified in a transparent manner by the State Government/Union Territory Administration concerned. It will cover technical and professional courses at undergraduate and post graduate level. A list of courses are at Appendix-E.
Merit cum Means Based Scholarship Dsitribution: 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 60,000 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).
Merit cum Means Based Scholarship Earmarking:
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.
Selection Procedure for Merit cum Means Based Scholarship:
(i) Fresh Merit cum Means Based Scholarship – The number of scholarship has been fixed State/UT-wise on the basis of Community-wise minority population of the States/UTs as per Census 2001 (2017-18) & 2011 (2018-20). Within the State-wise allocations, the applications from Listed Institutions will be exhausted first in merit list.
In case number of such students is more than the State/Community-wise quota, normal merit list criteria shall be followed. Other verified applicant/student will be selected in the merit list, thereafter, on merit basis i.e. Percentage/marks of last academic course/board (higher secondary / graduation) exam. In case of similar marks, income will be taken as deciding factor.
(ii) Renewal Merit cum Means Based Scholarship– 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 (or in each semester/trimester of previous year’s) their application is approved by State Governments/UTs.
Merit cum Means Based Scholarship Duration: Scholarship will be provided for the entire academic year/course. Similarly, the maintenance allowance will be given as fixed lump sum amount for an academic year (Rs. 10,000/- for Hosteller and Rs. 5,000/- for Day Scholar).
RATE OF SCHOLARSHIP
Rate of Merit cum Means Based Scholarship: The details of the scheme interventions for the three years viz.2017-18 to 2019-20 are as under For 10 months in an academic year..
- Rate of Scholarship Course Fee: Rs. 20,000/- per annum subject to actuals whichever is less (for both Hosteller & Day Scholar)
- Maintenance Allowance: Rs. 1,000/- per month* for Hosteller Rs. 500/- per month* for Day Scholar
- Scholarship for listed institutes: Full course fee is reimbursed for 85 listed Institutes
LIST OF INSTITUTES FOR FULL COURSE FEE REIMBURSEMENT:
There is a list of 85 Reputed Premier Institutes, covered under the scheme, for which a student is eligible for full Course Fee reimbursement as scholarship during an academic year. A list of such Institutes is at Appendix – C.
Conditions for Merit cum Means Based Scholarship:
(i) Students who get admission to a college to pursue technical/professional courses, on the basis of a competitive examination will be eligible for the scholarship.
(ii) Financial assistance will be given to pursue graduate level or post graduate level technical and professional courses from a recognized institution Admission and Course fee and Maintenance allowance for the year of scholarship will be credited/transferred directly into the bank account of selected students.
(iii) Students who get admission in technical/professional courses without taking any competitive examination will also be eligible for scholarship. However, such students should have secured not less than 50% marks in last qualifying exam at higher secondary/graduation level in case of Fresh Scholarship only. Selection of these students will be done strictly on merit basis
(iv) An Income Certificate, issued from a Competent Authority in the State/UT Governments is required in respect of parent/guardian of the student.
(v) 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.
(vi) The continuance of award (for Renewal applicants) will be subject to securing 50% marks in the previous year’s examination (each semester / trimester of previous year provided the students pursues the same course in same Institute).
(vii) Maintenance allowance will be provided to hostellers and day scholars.
(viii) The award will be discontinued if a student fails to secure 50% marks in the previous annual examination (as stated in para-vi above).
(ix) Scholarship will not be given to more than two students from a family (applicable for all three Scholarship schemes meant for minorities under this Ministry taken together).
(x) Students should be regular in attendance for which the yardstick will be decided by the competent authority of the institutions.
(xi) The institute will certify the claim of student of being an outstation student not residing in hostel of the institute concerned on the basis of permanent address and parents’ address.
(xii) Migration of students from one school/institute to another is not allowed for renewal applicants during the period of academic course.
(xiii) If a student violates institution’s 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.
(xiv) 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. The student shall also be black listed and debarred for scholarship in any scheme forever.
(xv) The Course fees and Maintenance allowance (for 2017-20) will be credited to the student’s bank account directly under Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mode.
(xvi) The student obtaining benefits under this scheme shall not be allowed to avail of benefits under any other scheme for this purpose.
(xvii) A student shall be eligible for only one scholarship out of all the available Scholarships of Central Government meant for SC/ST/OBC/minority.
(xviii) The amount of Administrative Expenses (@ 2%) for States/UTs in subsequent year shall be released after receiving the Utilization Certificate for the previous years.
(xix) 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.
(xx) The State/Union Territory shall place all relevant details of financial and physical achievements on their website. Page 4 of 6 (xxi) The regulations can be changed at any time at the discretion of the Government of India.
(xxii) Scholarship will not be paid for the period of internship/housemanship in the M.B.B.S. course or for a practical training in other course if the student is in receipt of some remuneration during the internship period or some allowance/stipend during the practical training in other course.
(xxiii) 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 No. 1137, dated 21.04.2017 (as per AppendixD)
(xxiv) 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).
(xxv) The scholarship is dependent on the satisfactory progress and conduct of the scholar. If it is reported by the Head of the Institution at any time that a scholar has by reasons of his/her own act of default failed to make satisfactory progress or has been guilty of misconduct such as resorting to or participating in strikes, irregularity in attendance without the permission of the authorities concerned etc., the authority sanctioning the scholarship may either cancel the scholarship or stop or withhold further payment for such period as it may think fit.
(xxvi) A scholar is liable to refund the scholarship amount, if during the course of the year, the studies for which the scholarship has been awarded, is discontinued or change in the subject of study.
(xxvii) The regulations under the scheme can be changed at anytime at the discretion of the Government of India.
(xxviii) The list of Graduate Degree level and Post Graduate level technical and professional courses under Merit cum Means based Scholarship scheme is available on the website of this Ministry i.e. www.minorityaffairs.gov.in
ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES: 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 computerised 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.
PATTERN OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE The scheme is Central Sector Scheme and 100% funding is provided by the Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India
INSTRUCTIONS RELATED TO BANK ACCOUNT DETAILS (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, 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. Ministry of Minority Affairs will not be responsible in case of transaction failure in the account given by applicant.
(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.
MONITORING & TRANSPARENCY: The Merit-cum-Means based Scholarship Scheme is being implemented through the National Scholarship Portal (NSP), maintained by the National Informatics Centre (NIC), Delhi. Hence, NIC, Delhi, 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. NIC, Delhi, shall place relevant physical and financial details on the NSP under the LogIns of all concerned State holders including States, Union Territories, etc.
Evaluation for Merit cum Means Based Scholarship: 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.
REVIEW, MODIFICATION (if any, during 2017-18 to 2019-20) The progress of implementation of the scheme shall be reviewed by the Joint Secretary I/c of Scholarship Schemes in Ministry of Minority Affairs on monthly basis. Quarterly Review shall be done by Secretary, Minority Affairs, Government of India. For more details at the official website: http://scholarships.gov.in/
(Frequently Asked Questions) FAQs
- Who are eligible to apply for Merit cum Means based Scholarship Schemes?
Students belonging to six notified minority communities viz. Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi (Zoroastrian) studying in India only and fulfilling the Scheme guidelines are eligible to apply for these scholarships.
- How can I apply online for Merit cum Means based scholarship?
The Merit cum Means based Scholarship Schemes are online Schemes and one can apply for fresh or renewal Scholarship under any of these Schemes on the National Scholarship Portal (NSP) at www.scholarships.gov.in.
Link to the Portal is also provided on the website of the Ministry of Minority Affairs, i.e. www.minorityaffairs.gov.in.
An online undertaking has to be submitted for registration on the NSP by applicants who are above the age of 18 years and by the parents/guardian if the applicant is below the age of 18 years.
- What documents are needed to be uploaded on Portal while applying for Merit cum Means based Scholarship?
See the above mentioned List of Documents.
Aadhar Card, Photo with signature, Last year Mark list, Residential Proof, Self Declaration of Income Proof, Self-declaration of Religious Certificate, Bank Passbook xerox with IFSC Number.
- What should be the Type and size of the documents to be uploaded?
The format of the file should be.pdf and .jpeg and the size of each document should not exceed more than 200 kb.
- What documents are needed to be given to the Institute/School/College for verification of online application on the Portal after applying for Scholarship?
The list of documents to be submitted by the applicant for Fresh Scholarship, under any of the three Schemes’, for verification of her/his online application by the Institute/School/College is as mentioned under required documents for verification
- What is Institute Verification Certificate?
In order to enable a student to apply for Scholarship under any of the 3 Schemes’ the Institute/School will have to appoint Nodal Officer and that Nodal Officer should register herself/himself on the portal (NSP). A format of the ‘Institute Nodal Officer Registration Form’ is given at Annexure-I.
- What is UID number/Aadhaar Number?
UID number otherwise known as ‘Aadhaar’ number is Unique Identification Number given by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). The Aadhaar Number is required to be seeded (linked) with the bank account in which Scholarship amount is desired to be transferred. Banks provide multiple ways of linking Aadhaar with the bank account and applicants can obtain the details from the website of the concerned bank or contact the concerned bank with a copy of the Aadhaar card.
- Do I need to get my Aadhaar Card to apply for Merit cum Means based Scholarship?
As per the Gazette Notification issued by Ministry of Minority Affairs under Section-7 of Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 (18 of 2016) with respect to the Scholarship Schemes, it will be necessary for the eligible applicants to provide Aadhaar number while applying for the Scholarship and in case, and the applicant does not possess Aadhaar she/he can provide the details of alternative identification documents, as stated in the Gazette Notification,
- What is Aadhaar based Payment?
Applicants/Students who have entered Aadhaar in their online application correctly and if their Aadhaar is linked to any of their bank account, in such cases the amount of Scholarship will be credited to that Aadhaar linked bank account only even if the student has mentioned any other non-Aadhaar linked bank account in her/his online application.
- Can I edit the information already saved and up to what time?
You can edit draft/incomplete information filled by you until you ‘Submit’ the online application. To edit the application, go to the option “Student login”→ enter the Application Id then click on submit ‘login’ button
- Which fields I can edit before final submission of application?
You can edit all details except “Registration Details”. It may be noted that once you ‘finally submit’ your application it will be forwarded to the next level and after that you cannot edit further.
- Which fields in the application form are mandatory?
Fields provided with red asterisk(*) mark are mandatory fields
- Do I have to fill up the online application in one sitting?
No. You can fill up the online application in many sittings using ‘Save Draft’, until you are satisfied that you have entered all desirable fields correctly. The software provides facility to save your application at every stage until you click on ‘Submit’ button.
- Is there any Application ID?
Yes. An Application ID will be provided to the candidate once his/her application is submitted online. It will be conveyed to candidates through SMS. Students should remember their ID as it will be required while applying for renewal during subsequent years. Receipt of ID does not give itself a guarantee award of scholarship.
- What should I do if I forget my Application ID?
The process of re-collection of the Application ID is given as below: “Student login-•>Forgot Registration Details?” then enter the basic fields accordingly and click on the button “Get Registration details””.
- What should I do, if my Institute name is not coming in the dropdown list of Institutes in application form?
You may ask your institute to contact the concerned State Department for their registration through U-DISE/AISHE/NCVT(DGT) code available on NSP portal.
- How should I check the status of my application online?
You have to login under the option ‘Student Login’ by entering your Application Id and Password. Once login, you will be able to view the option ‘Check Your Status’. Under this option you can check your online status.
- What should I do before making any call/enquiry/representation at helpdesk of National Informatics Centre (NIC) and/or Ministry of Minority Affairs (MoMA)?
The applicant should first check his/her online status on NSP as stated in Q. No. 17 and then make any call/enquiry/representation at helpdesk of National Informatics Centre (NIC) and/or Ministry of Minority Affairs (MoMA).
- What is the process of verification of my application?
Your application must be verified at School/Institute level and then at domicile district/ domicile State/UT level. You may contact the concerned verification authorities for online verification of your application within the timeline given on the NSP portal.
Ministry of Minority Affairs will release the scholarship amount, only if your application is verified and approved by all verification authorities. In case, your application is rejected by any of the concerned authority due to any reason, you will not get the scholarship amount.
- How can I check whether the amount of my Merit cum Means based scholarship is credited in my bank account or not?
You may check the transaction status on PFMS portal i.e. www.pfms.nic.in under “Know Your Payment” (https://pfms.nic.in/static/NewLayoutCommonContent.aspx?RequestPagename=s tatic/KnowYourPayment.aspx ) option on the home page.
- What should I do for the successful payment of Merit cum Means based Scholarship in my bank account?
You are advised to keep your bank account active to receive the scholarship amount (till the disbursal of scholarships). Confirm from your bank that your account is not dormant/closed and also be sure that your account is free from transaction limit or any other conditions till the disbursal of scholarship is made in your account, to avoid any chance of transaction failure/return of scholarship amount.
Please note that in case of transaction failure/return of scholarship amount, there is no provision for re-payment and Ministry of Minority Affairs is not responsible for such lapse.
- How do I know the name and address of Nodal Officer/ State Department of my State?
The name and contact details of the Nodal Officer/State Department of all States/UTs are available under the link of Ministry of Minority Affairs on the home page of National Scholarship Portal (NSP) (https://scholarships.gov.in/public/nodalOfficersList/NationalMeans-cumMeritScholarshipScheme.pdf )
- What should I do if I come to know after final submission, that my application is ‘defected’ by the Institute/District/State verifying authority?
In case the application is marked as ‘defected’ by the Institute/District/State, the application will be reverted to the student for correction of the defect in his/her application form. Student can correct the defect and resubmit the application for re-verification within the timeline given on NSP.
- What should I do if I come to know after final submission, that my application is ‘rejected’ by the Institute/District/State verifying authority?
In case the application is marked as ‘rejected’ by the Institute/District/State, the application will not be considered for award of the scholarship.
- What should I do if I face some technical issue while applying for scholarship on NSP portal.
ou can immediately register your complain through the link https://scholarships.gov.in/fresh/complaintspage or accessing Complaints -> Register Complaints on the home page of the NSP website or call on the Helpline number 0120-6619540 or send mail on e-mail id: firstname.lastname@example.org.