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      National Scholarship Portal (NSP) – Scheme, Eligibility, Registration Process, Benefits

      National Scholarships Portal (www.scholarships.gov.in) is one-stop destination for accessing information on numerous services including student application, application receipt, processing, sanction and disbursement of scholarships. The Portal is taken as Mission Mode Project under National e-Governance Plan (NeGP).  The objective is to provide a Simplified, Mission-oriented, Accountable, Responsive & Transparent (SMART) system for quicker and efficient clearance of scholarships applications and release of funds directly into beneficiaries account. The portal has a nationwide reach which enables it to provide multiple scholarships to eligible candidates from class one to Ph.D. level taking care of all kinds of academic purposes. One needs to check the eligibility criteria for each NSP scholarship before applying.

      The Mission Mode Project (MMP) of NSP under the National e-Governance Plan provides common electronic portal for the scholarships schemes started by Union Government, State Government and Union Territories all over the country.

      National Scholarships 2020

      • Start date of Scholarship – July 2020
      • Last date to apply – Not announced yet

      Steps to follow to send a fresh application for National Scholarship –

      • Student Login
      • Register
      • Fresh Application

      Applicants must keep in mind that for registering institutes they need a valid DISE or AISHE code on NSP. They can go to https://scholarships.gov.in and click ‘Search Institute/School/ITI’ provided on the Top Right Corner of the screen to check if they are registered. Also, remember that applications have to be submitted before the deadline, with correctly filled data along with necessary documents. Once the details are filled, applicants will get their Username and a temporary password, which they should change immediately.

      Once password is change, applicants will be directed to dashboard in order to fill the form, submit documents, and follow-up the application. Applicants under 18 years must get the form filled by parents or guardians. Applying to scholarships on NSP is now possible by means of the mobile app, launched in 2018. The online form has to be submitted to the institute/college for getting verified which is then processed by the ministry for final verification.

      Scholarship Eligibility

      • Ishan Uday (for North Eastern region) – Student of graduation/ post-graduation, Family income less than 4.5 lakhs
      • National Means cum Merit Scholarship – Family income should not be more than 1.5 lakhs, Class 7th students having more than 55 percent can sit for the scholarship test.
      • Top Class Education Scheme for SC students – Must belong to SC category, Family income should be less than 6 lakhs.
      • PG Scholarship for University rank holders – 1st and 2nd rank holders, Must have at least 60 percent in undergraduate, Less than 30 years
      • Pragati Scholarship Schemes for Girls for Technical degree courses – Maximum 2 girls per family, Family income should be less than 8 lakhs.
      • Pre Matric Scholarship for Student with disabilities – Students must of 9th or 10th with 40 % or more disability, Family income should be less than 2.5 lakhs.
      • PG Indira Gandhi Scholarship for Single Girl Child – Must be of 30 years and admitted to PG course

      Tracking Application and checking status of scholarship

      In order to follow up with the application, applicants have to log into their respective accounts, fill in the permanent ID and Date of birth, and then track by clicking the ‘Check Your Status’ tab. Doing this will enable one to see if the application got submitted or not.

      To see the status of the scholarship selected applicants can login to the student’s section of the portal and get all required information about the applications like verification status by the college/institute or the ministry etc.

      Benefits of National Scholarship Portal

      • You get information about all available scholarships
      • You need to apply once for availing all scholarships.
      • Single integrated application for all kinds of scholarships
      • System generated guidance on schemes eligible for individual students
      • Cases of duplication can be greatly controlled
      • Availability of master data for institutions and courses at all India level
      • With latest information available on demand, the portal works as a decision support system (DSS) for Ministries and departments.
      • Right from registration till delivery of funds – an all-inclusive MIS System monitors every step of scholarships distribution

      Documents Required

      In order to apply to NSP applicants need to upload some documents like –

      • Educational documents of the student
      • Student’s/parent’s/guardian’s bank account details
      • Student’s Aadhaar Card number
      • Aadhaar enrolment number
      • Scanned copy of bank passbook

      Ministries and departments that provide scholarships

      • Ministry of Minority Affairs
      • Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities
      • Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
      • Ministry of Labour and Employment
      • Ministry of Tribal Affairs
      • Department of School Education and Literacy
      • Department of Higher Education
      • Ministry of home affairs
      • Ministry of Railway

      Scholarships are majorly under the following categories –

      Central schemes

      1. Ministry of Minority Affairs
      2. Pre Matric Scholarships Scheme for Minorities
      3. Post Matric Scholarships Scheme for Minorities
      4. Merit Cum Means Scholarship For Professional and Technical Courses CS
      5. Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities
      6. Pre-matric Scholarship for Students with Disabilities
      7. Post-matric Scholarship for Students with Disabilities
      8. Scholarships for Top Class Education for students with disabilities.
      9. Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment
      10. Top Class Education Scheme for SC Students
      11. Ministry of Labour & Employment
      12. Financial Assistance for Education of the Wards of Beedi/Cine/IOMC/LSDM Workers – Post-Matric
      13. Financial Assistance for Education of the Wards of Beedi/Cine/IOMC/LSDM Workers – Pre-Matric
      14. Aam Aadmi Bima Yojna Scholarship for Andhra Pradesh
      15. Ministry of Tribal Affairs
      16. National Fellowship and Scholarship for Higher Education of ST Students – Scholarship (Formally Top Class Education for Schedule Tribe Students) – only for scholarships
      17. Department of School Education & Literacy
      18. National Scheme of Incentive to Girls for Secondary Education(NSIGSE)
      19. National Means Cum Merit Scholarship
      20. Department of Higher Education
      21. Central sector scheme of scholarships for college and university students
      22. WARB, Ministry of Home Affairs
      23. Prime Minister’s Scholarship Scheme For Central Armed Police Forces And Assam Rifles
      24. PRIME MINISTER’S SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME FOR WARDS OF STATES/UTs POLICE PERSONNEL MARTYRED DURING TERROR/NAXAL ATTACKS
      25. RPF/RPSF, Ministry of Railway
      26. Prime Minister’s Scholarship Scheme For RPF/RPSF

      State schemes

      1. ISHAN UDAY – Special Scholarship Scheme for North Eastern Region by University Grants Commission
      2. PG Indira Gandhi Scholarship for Single Girl Child by University Grants Commission
      3. PG Scholarships for University Rank Holders by University Grants Commission
      4. PG Scholarship Scheme for SC, ST students for pursuing professional Courses by University Grants Commission

      State wise schemes

      North India

      Himachal Pradesh

      • Centrally sponsored Post Matric Scholarship Scheme For Sc Students
      • Centrally sponsored Post Matric Scholarship Scheme For St Students
      • Centrally sponsored Post Matric Scholarship Scheme For Obc Students
      • Centrally sponsored Pre Matric Scholarship Scheme For St Students
      • Centrally sponsored Pre Matric Scholarship Scheme For Sc Students
      • Centrally sponsored Pre Matric Scholarship Scheme For Obc Students
      • Dr. Ambedkar post matric scholarship for economically backward class students
      • Mukhya Mantri Protsahan Yojana
      • Thakur Sen Negi Utkrisht Chatravriti Yojana
      • Swami Vivekanand Utkrisht Charavriti Yojana
      • Dr. Ambedkar medhavi chatravriti yojana for SC students
      • Dr. Ambedkar medhavi chatravriti yojana for OBC students

       Jammu Kashmir

      • Post Matric Scholarship To St Students

       Chandigarh

      • Post Matric Scholarship For SC Students
      • Post Matric Scholarship Scheme For Transgender Students
      • Post Matric Scholarship Scheme For OBC Students
      • Dr.Ambedkar Post Matric Scholarship For Economically Backward Class Students
      • Pre-Matric Scholarship Scheme For SC Students Of Class Ix And X

       Uttarakhand

      • Pre-Matric Scholarship Scheme for Minority (100 percent State Sector)-
      • Post Matric Scholarship for EBC Students
      • Pre-Matric Disability Scholarship (State Sector)
      • Pre-Matric Scholarship for SC Students (State Sector)
      • Pre-Matric Scholarship for ST Students (State Sector)
      • Pre-Matric Scholarship for OBC Students (State Sector 50% and Central Sector 50%)
      • Pre-Matric Scholarship for SC Students (Center Sector)
      • Pre-Matric Scholarship for ST Students (Center Sector)
      • Post-Matric Scholarship for ST Students
      • Post-Matric Scholarship for SC Students
      • Post-Matric Scholarship for OBC Students

       North East India

      Assam

      • Pre-matric Scholarship to the Children of Those Engaged in Occupations Involving Cleaning and Prone to Health Hazards
      • Pre-matric Scholarship for SC Students (Class Ix And X)
      • Post-matric Scholarship for SC Students
      • Pre-matric Scholarship to OBC Students
      • Pre-matric Scholarship to ST Students
      • Pre-matric Scholarship to ST Students (Class Ix And X)
      • Post-matric Scholarship to OBC Students
      • Post-matric Scholarship to ST Students

      Tripura

      • Dr. Ambedkar Post-matric scholarship for economically backward classes (EBC)(secondary education)
      • Pre-matric ST scholarship schemes
      • Post-matric ST scholarship schemes
      • Post-matric scholarship for SC students
      • Post matric scholarship for OBC students
      • Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Post Matric Scholarship for Economically Backward Classes (EBC)
      • NEC Merit Scholarship
      • Pre Matric SC cleaning and health hazard
      • Pre Matric SC (class ix and x)

       Meghalaya

      • Umbrella Scheme For Education Of St Children – Pre-Matric Scholarship (Class Ix & X) For ST Students
      • Umbrella Scheme For Education Of St Children – Post-Matric Scholarship (PMS) For ST Students

       Manipur                                                                                             

      • Pre-Matric Scholarship for ST students (For Class IX and X)
      • Post Matric Scholarship for ST students

       Arunachal Pradesh

      • Umbrella Scheme for Education of ST Students-Pre Matric Scholarship (Class IX & X) for ST Students
      • Umbrella Scheme for Education of ST Children -Post Matric Scholarship (PMS) for ST Students
      • Scheme for Award of Stipend to the schedule tribe students  

        East India

      Bihar

      • BC-EBC Post Matric Scholarship
      • ST-Post Matric Scholarship
      • SC Post-Matric Scholarship

        South India

       Karnataka

      • Post-matric Scholarship(PMS) for ST Students
      • Centrally Sponsored Scheme Of Pre-Matric(IX & X) Scholarship For Scheduled Tribe Students

       Dadra and Nagar Haveli

      • Pre Matric Scholarship To Obc Students
      • Pre Matric Scholarship To Sc Students
      • Pre Matric Scholarship To St Students

       

      All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) schemes

      PG Scholarship of Rs. 12400 per month is given to full-time GATE students admitted to MTECH. National Doctoral Scholarship is available for full-time research scholars seeking admission to Ph.D. programs. Schemes are :

      1. Pragati Scholarship Scheme for Girls (Degree) for Technical Education
      2. Pragati Scholarship Scheme for Girls (Diploma) for Technical Education
      3. Saksham Scholarship Scheme for Differently Abled Students (Degree) for Technical Education
      4. Saksham Scholarship Scheme for Differently Abled Students (Diploma) for Technical Education

      University Grants Commission (UGC) schemes

      1. Post-Matric Scholarship (PMS) for SC Students
      2. Pre-Matric Scholarship Scheme for Minority (1 01 percent State Sector)-Uttarakhand
      3. Post Matric Scholarship for EBC Students- Uttarakhand
      4. Pre-Matric Disability Scholarship (State Sector) Uttarakhand
      5. Pre-Matric Scholarship for SC Students (State Sector)-Uttarakhand
      6. Pre-Matric Scholarship for ST Students (State Sector)-Uttarakhand
      7. Pre-Matric Scholarship for OBC Students (Stau Sector 50% and Central Sector
      8. Pre-Matric Scholarship for SC Students (Centel Sector)-Uttarakhand
      9. Pre-Matric Scholarship for ST Students (Center Sector)-Uttarakhand
      10. Post-Matric Scholarship for ST Students Uttarakhand
      11. Post-Matric Scholarship for SC Students- Uttarakhand
      12. Post-Matric Scholarship for OBC Students Uttarakhand
      13. Pre-Matric ST Scholarship Schemes
      14. Post-Matric ST Scholarship Schemes
      15. Post-Matric Scholarship for SC Students
      16. Post-Matric Scholarship for OBC Students Dr. B.R. Ambedkar
      17. Post Matric Scholarship for Economically Backward Classes (EBC) NEC Merit Scholarship
      18. Centrally Sponsored Scheme for Pre-Matric (9 & 10) Scholarship for ST Students
      19. Post-Matric Scholarship (PMS) for ST Students
      20. Umbrella Scheme for Education of ST Children Pre-Matric Scholarship (Class 9 and 1 0) for ST Students
      21. Umbrella Scheme for Education of ST Children
      22. Post-Matric Scholarship (PMS) for ST Students
      23. Umbrella Scheme for Education of ST Students- Pre-Matric Scholarship (Class IX & X) for ST Students
      24. Umbrella Scheme for Education of ST Children – Post Matric Scholarship (PMS) for ST Students Scheme for Award of Stipend to the Scheduled Tribe Students

      Other scholarships

      Begum Hazrat Mahal National Scholarship/ Maulana Azad Scholarship

      Launched to benefit girl-students from minority communities The Begum Hazrat Mahal Scholarship is funded by the central government and implemented by the Maulana Azad foundation for the same. At present nearly 6,00,000 such candidates have availed the scholarship. Eligible girl students studying in class nine and ten get INR 5000 a month and those in class eleven and twelve get INR 6000 a month.

      Maulana Azad Scholarship

      Girl students from minority communities get this scholarship if the family income is less than 200000 per year from all the sources concerned and also if the student got minimum 50% marks in the previous examination.

      National Minority Scholarship

      Started by the Ministry of Minority affairs this scholarship is for students from the minority communities like Muslim, Sikh, Christian, Buddhist, Jain, and Parsi. Eligible candidates can avail of this scholarship both as pre-matric scholarships and post-matric scholarships. Pre-matric scholarship is of INR 6000 and post-matric scholarship is of INR 1200 per month provided the family income is less than 200000 per year from all of the available sources. There is also merit-based scholarship for students and those who get selected get INR 20,000 per annum.

      Currently, there are 30 lakhs scholarships under the pre-matric scheme and nearly 5 lakh scholarships under the post-matric scheme of the National Minority Scholarship.

      Author: Baishali Mukherjee

      Profile- An independent writer and journalist for last nine years; presently working with Education World, Entrepreneur India, Scrabbl.com and Stoodnt.com. Worked as the content head for four books and have articles and features published in leading print and digital media spaces.

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