Eligibility norms for scholarship scheme changed

Last Updated: Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 18:01

New Delhi: Making it easier for
meritorious students from low income background to avail
benefits of a central scholarship scheme, the government today
changing the eligibility criteria for it.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA),
chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, approved changes in
the eligibility norms for the Central Sector Scheme of
Scholarship for College and University Students, an official
spokesperson said.

Under the existing eligibility criteria, students who
secure above 80 per cent marks in Class-XII can avail the
assistance.

According to the modified norms, students figuring
above the 80th percentile of successful candidates in the
relevant scheme of a particular board examination can take
advantage of the scheme.

This will especially help students from the Hindi
heartland who faced difficulty in securing 80 per cent marks
in Class-XII. Many meritorious and poor students from states
like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh failed to avail
the scholarship since they could not get the requisite
percentage.

However, under the percentile system, the highest
marks secured by a student in a particular subject will be
considered as the 100th percentile. Accordingly, the
percentile of other students would be decided.

Even if a student secures less than 80 per cent marks,
he can still figure above 80th percentile.

The amended eligibility criteria will be applicable
from the current academic year.

The HRD Ministry had started the scheme two years ago
with the objective to provide financial assistance to
meritorious students from non-creamy layer families to meet
day-to-day expenses while pursuing higher studies.

Nearly 82000 fresh scholarships per annum, including
41,000 for boys and 41,000 for girls, are supposed to be
awarded for graduate and postgraduate studies in colleges and
universities and for professional courses.

The total number of scholarships are divided amongst
the State School Education Boards based on the state`s
population in the age group of 18 to 25 years, after
segregating share of CBSE and ICSE.

The scholarship amount is Rs 1000 per month at
Graduation level for first three years of college and
university courses and Rs 2000 per month at post graduation
level. Students pursuing professional courses would get Rs
2000 per month in the 4th and 5th year. The scholarship would
be paid for 10 months in an academic year.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 18:01

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