Centrally Sponsored Scheme with the objective to award scholarships to meritorious students of economically weaker sections to arrest their drop out at class VIII and encourage them to continue the study at secondary stage. One lakh scholarships of Rs.6000/- per annum are awarded to selected students of class IX every year and their continuation/renewal in classes X to XII for study in a State Government, Government-aided and Local body schools.
Students of NVS, KVS, Private and residential schools are not eligible for the scholarships.
Students whose parental income from all sources is not more than Rs. 1,50,000/- per annum are eligible to avail the scholarships.
There is reservation as per State Government norms. The selection of students for award of scholarships is made through an examination conducted by the States/UTs.
At the time of selection for the award of scholarship the candidate must have scored at least 55% marks or equivalent grade in Class VIII examination. There will be 5 % relaxation for SC/ST.
For continuing the scholarship in class X and XII the awardees should get clear promotion from class IX to class X and from class XI to class XII in the first attempt with 55% marks (relaxable by 5% for SC/ST). The awardees must obtain a minimum of 60 % marks in Class X (relaxable by 5% for SC/ST) examination or equivalent examination for continuation of the scholarship at higher secondary stage.
On- line submission of applications on National Scholarship Portal (NSP)
The application performa has been made available to District Education Officers/Principals of the schools in hard copy. It can also be downloaded from National Scholarship Portal (www.scholarship.gov.in) by the District Education Officer.
The Performa can be filled up by the student/ school in excel sheet. The information of all the students of a school will be compiled in excel sheet and verified by the Principal of the school, which will then be sent to District Education Officers either through mail or in CD and hard copy.