PRE-MATRIC SCHOLARSHIP FOR MINORITY COMMUNITIES

SCHEME OF ‘PRE-MATRIC SCHOLARSHIP’ FOR STUDENTS BELONGING TO THE
MINORITY COMMUNITIES.
1. BACKGROUND
The Prime Minister’s New 15 Point Programme for the Welfare of Minorities was announced
in June, 2006. It provides that a pre-matric scholarship scheme for meritorious students from
minority communities would be implemented.
2. OBJECTIVE
The scholarship at pre-matric level will encourage parents from minority communities to
send their school going children to school, lighten their financial burden on school
education and sustain their efforts to support their children to complete school education.
The scheme will form the foundation for their educational attainment and provide a level
playing field in the competitive employment arena. Empowerment through education,
which is one of the objectives of this scheme, has the potential to lead to upliftment of the
socio economic conditions of the minority communities.
3. SCOPE
The scholarship will be awarded for studies in India in a government or private school from
class I to class X, including such residential Government institutes and eligible private
institutes selected and notified in a transparent manner by the State Government and
Union Territory Administration concerned.
4. ELIGIBILITY
Scholarship will be awarded to the students who have secured not less than 50% marks in
the previous final examination and annual income of their parents/guardian from all
sources does not exceed Rs. 1 lakh.
5. DISTRIBUTION
Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Jains and Zoroastrians (Parsis) have been notified as
minority communities under Section 2 (c) of the National Commission for Minorities Act,
1992. The distribution of scholarship among the States/Union Territories will be made on the
basis of population of minorities in the States/Union Territories of Census 2001.(*This would be
changed when figures of 2011 Census is available).
6. EARMARKING FOR GIRL STUDENTS
30% of scholarship will be earmarked for girl students. In case sufficient number of eligible
girl students are not available, then the balance earmarked scholarships may be awarded
to eligible boy students.

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