NTSS Scholarship Disbursement Rules & Regulations; The awardees studying in Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, Languages Commerce, vocational studies and fine arts are eligible to receive a scholarship up to PhD level whereas the awardees studying professional courses in medicines, engineering, technology, management and law, are eligible to receive the scholarship up to second-degree level. Scholarships will be paid subject to fulfilment of the following conditions
General Eligibility Conditions:
An Awardee is eligible for the scholarship provided she/he:
- takes up studies in approved courses.
- maintains good conduct as certified by the Head of the College/Institution and continues his/her studies as a regular student.
- does not absent herself/himself without proper leave.
- takes up studies on a whole-time basis.
- does not take up any job with salary/remuneration.
- The NTS scholarship precludes the awardee from accepting any other scholarship.
- No scholarship shall be available for studies abroad for any course.
- No claim for scholarship arrears will be entertained after the expiry of 12 months of the academic session for which one has applied for the claim. After that scholarship will be discontinued once for all.
- In case any awardee leaves her/his course of study within one month of registration/admission, no scholarship shall be paid to him/her.
- In case awardee is not able to appear at the examination due to serious illness, one should send the medical certificate through the Head of the Institution within three months of his/her falling ill. The duration of illness should be clearly certified by a specialist, who is a Registered Medical Practitioner. The facility will be available to the awardee to continue the same course in which one is studying provided the principal or the head of the institution certifies that the overall performance of the awardee during the year is 50 per cent or above.
- The NTS awardee is allowed one shift in the course of study until one month after the end of the first year of undergraduate courses, within the same institution or in another institution. However, she/he will not be awarded a scholarship for the first year of the new course. Thus, in this case, she/he will have to lose the scholarship for one year. It would resume in the next year provided all the requirements are met.
- The scholarship shall be deemed to be discontinued any gap of one academic session in studies at any time due to any reason.
- Scholarship once discontinued on the basis of the rules of disbursement of scholarship cannot be revived under any circumstances.
- All rules are subject to change from time to time, as and when required, which will be binding on all awardees.
- If the awardee does not fulfil the eligibility conditions, i.e. minimum qualifying marks for disbursement of scholarship in a particular academic year/semester, the amount of scholarship will be forfeited for the said year, but continuation of the awardee with the scholarship will be possible if she/he fulfils the eligibility conditions of minimum qualifying marks in the next academic session/semester, failing which his/her scholarship will be discontinued henceforth
Eligibility and other Conditions for Continuation of Scholarship at Higher Secondary Stage:
- The award of scholarship to the selected candidates shall commence subsequent to their clear promotion to Class XI.
- The scholarship at the higher secondary stage or equivalent Classes XI to XII is payable for a maximum period of two years for studies in India only.
- No scholarship at this stage is payable for studying diploma/certificate level courses.
- The awardees for the continuation of scholarships in Class XI and XII should have at least 60 per cent marks in aggregate in Class X and 50 per cent marks in aggregate in Class XI and clear promotion to next class in the first attempt.
- In case an institution does not conduct an examination at the end of Class XI, the scholarship for the second year will be continued on the submission of a certificate to this effect from the Head of the Institution.
- In case the performance is reported in grades, then equivalent to 60% aggregate will be taken into account.
Eligibility and other Conditions for Continuation of Scholarships at first Degree Level Courses:
- The awardee must obtain a minimum of 60 per cent marks at the end of +2 stage or equivalent examination for continuation of the scholarship at the first-degree level course in Basic Sciences, Social Sciences or a professional course in engineering, medicine, management or law.
- The scholarship to SC/ST awardees will be paid after getting selected through Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), IIT and admitted in the one-year preparatory course for B.Tech. The scholarship will continue in 1st year subject to fulfilment of all the conditions laid down by respective IITs.
- The continuation of scholarships in the second and subsequent years shall be subject to the following conditions:
- Clear promotion to the next class in the first attempt with a pass in all papers.
- At least 50 per cent marks in aggregate at the internal examinations. However, the scholarship to MBBS candidates for the internship will be given, only if one secures 60 per cent or more marks in the final degree.
- In case the result is not declared in terms of marks and grades are given, these should be equivalent to at least 50 per cent and above.
- In case an Institution/University does not conduct an annual examination after such a class, a certificate from the principal/head of the institution would be acceptable to this effect that the overall performance of the awardee is 50 per cent or above.
- In the case of IITs and other institutions, which follow the semester system of examination, the marks or an equivalent Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) at the end of an academic year will be considered.
Eligibility and other Conditions at Second Degree Level Course:
- An awardee must have passed final examination for a first-degree level course in the first attempt securing a minimum of 60 per cent marks or its equivalent grade after aggregating the marks for all the years in the university examination of the course.
- An awardee shall be eligible to receive the scholarship in the second year only if he/she secures at least 50 per cent marks at the end of the first year. In case there is no university examination or grades are awarded, a suitable certificate from the head of the institution will be acceptable.
- In case an institution has semester system of examination at this stage, the marks, grades or CGPA as the case may be, obtained by an awardee in the examination conducted at the end of an academic year, will be considered for continuation of her/his scholarship during the next year.
- The scholarships at this stage will also be available for doing a diploma course in management or specific branch of medicine or surgery provided the minimum qualification for entrance to such courses is a degree in the concerned discipline.
Eligibility and other Conditions at M.Phil./Ph.D Stage:
- An awardee shall be eligible to receive a scholarship during the pre-doctoral/M.Phil. courses provided these are an institutional requirement for PhD work. The continuance of scholarship after this pre-requisite course shall be subject to the successful completion of it.
- An awardee will be eligible to receive a scholarship for doing research work leading to Ph.D./D.Phil. the degree provided he/she passes M.A./M.Sc./M.Com./M.Phil course in the first attempt securing a minimum of 60 per cent marks or its equivalent grade after aggregating the marks for all the years in the university examination of the course. An awardee must begin research/pre-doctoral work within six months of the declaration of M.A./M.Com./M.Sc. result. The date of joining should be intimated to the NCERT immediately thereafter with a certificate from the concerned supervisor indicating the field of work.
- At the end of two years, there would be an assessment of the quality of work done, by two independent experts on the basis of which the scholarship may be continued or discontinued.
- The scholarship shall be continued during the second and fourth year only if the guide certified that the work during the first and the third year respectively has been of high quality.
- The change of topic/ guide/ Institution shall be allowed with the prior approval of both the guides and the NCERT.
- An awardee can take up a teaching assignment for a short period not exceeding a total period of six months only within the tenure of four years with the prior permission of the NCERT only if his/her supervisor certifies that his/her assignment is not prejudicial to his/her progress. No scholarship shall be paid for this period, which of course shall be counted as part of the total period of four years.
- The scholarship shall commence from the month of commencing the research work as certified by the Guide. However, regular registration documents must be submitted within six months of commencing the research work. In the case of pre-doctoral/M.Phil. courses, scholarship will be awarded from the month of admission.
- An awardee will be entitled to the scholarship for PhD up to a period of four years ordinarily. If he/she submits the thesis/dissertation before four years period is over but continues to work on the same problem on which he/she has written the thesis/dissertation under the same supervisor, he/she will be entitled to the scholarship up to the viva-voce or the end of four years whichever is earlier. The supervisor has to certify in such cases that continuation of the PhD research work after submission of the dissertation/thesis is necessary and has been undertaken
Contingency Grant for PhD work:
- The grant shall be utilised with the approval of the supervisor.
- All purchases shall be according to the rules of the institution.
- The grant may be utilised on apparatus, chemical, equipment, books, journals, photostat copies, microfilms, typing, postage and fieldwork/travel (within India only) needed in connection with the approved research project with the approval of the supervisor and the university where the scholar works.
- The grant shall not be used for payment of examination or any other fees.
- On termination of the scholarship, the apparatus and other non-consumable articles purchased out of the contingency grant will become the property of the institution/university where a scholar works. The university may, if he/she desires, allow the scholar to retain with him/her the books purchased out of the contingency grant.
- For all expenditure out of the contingency grant, a certificate from the supervisor to the effect that the expenditure incurred was in furtherance of the approved research project shall be necessary.
- Travel allowance for approved fieldwork/travel in connection with the research work (including attending of relevant academic/research conferences and symposia) shall be admissible according to the rules applicable to the teaching staff of the University.
- The contingency grant for the first year of the research will be released to the head of the university concerned along with the scholarship for the first year. The contingency grant for the subsequent years will be released only on receipt of account of expenditure incurred duly certified by the supervisor and head and utilisation certificate in the prescribed proforma submitted through the institution/university (vii) Travel allowance for approved fieldwork/travel in connection with the research work (including attending of relevant academic/research conferences and symposia) shall be admissible according to the rules applicable to the teaching staff of the university.
- The amount left unspent at the end of each year of the scholarship tenure will be adjusted against the contingency grant payable for the subsequent year. The year for the purpose is to be reckoned from the date of joining the research. Similarly, any amount left unspent out of the contingency grant on the date of expiry/termination/relinquishment of the scholarship will be refundable to the NCERT.
Rates of Scholarship:
- The rates of scholarship at different stages are given as under:
- For all classes except PhD Rs. 500/- p.m.
- For PhD degree (four years) As per UGC norms
Mode of Payment:
- The payment of scholarship shall be made direct to the awardees. The scholarship amount will be either directly transferred to their joint account through e-banking or will be sent through bank draft wherever above-mentioned e-banking facilities are not available.
- The payment of scholarship shall be made to the awardees on the receipt of the claim bill on a prescribed Performa sent to the NCERT duly signed by the Principal/ Head of the Institution and accompanied by the mark sheet of the previous annual examination.
- The Payment of scholarship to the awardees will be made for a maximum period of 12 months in a one academic session subject to the condition for the maximum period of duration of the specific course.
- The bank will transfer the amount of scholarship to the awardees on an annual basis. NCERT will pay the scholarship from July to June (for manually) and from April to March (for online) for a particular academic session.
- The payment of scholarship during leave shall be governed by relevant leave rules.
Leave Rules Applicable to all the Awardees:
- Leave must be got sanctioned from the Head of the Institution/ Department before it is availed of. Any absence from studies/research without leave shall lead to discontinuation of scholarship.
- Generally, no leave with scholarship shall be granted to awardees except on medical grounds.
- Medical leave up to a maximum of four months in an academic year shall be admissible if recommended by a competent medical authority, as under:
- Full scholarship if the absence does not exceed two months; Half scholarship for a further period of two months; No scholarship for the absence beyond four months.
- For married men/women, the scholarship will be admissible at full rates up to 15/135 days respectively, for absence on grounds of maternity.
- The awardees working at the PhD level shall, however, be allowed casual leave with scholarship up to a maximum of 30 days in an academic year. The PhD Supervisor will grant this leave.
- Applications for medical leave, including maternity leave, should be referred to the NCERT within a fortnight of the illness/confinements.