Pre-Matric Scholarship Scheme

SCHEME OF PRE-MATRIC SCHOLARSHIP FOR STUDENTS BELONGING TO THE MINORITY COMMUNITIES
(Effective from 1.4.2008)

Application Forms
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.

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 thr ough 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.

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.

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.

Distribution

Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists 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.

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.

Selection

As the number of scholarships for minorities available in a year is fixed and limited it is necessary to lay down preference for selection. Inter-se selection weightage is to be given to poverty rather than marks. In case of the renewal applications, such applications would be fully exhausted before the new pplications are considered.

Duration

The scholarships will be provided for the entire course. Maintenance allowance will be given for 10 months only in an academic year.

Rate of Scholarship

Actual financial assistance will be provided for admission/tuition fee and maintenance allowance as given below subject to a maximum ceiling indicated against item concerned:

S. No. Item Hostellers * Day Scholars
1 Admission fee from class VI to X Rs.500/-p.a.subject to actuals. Rs.500/- p.a. subject to actuals.
2 Tuition fee from class VI to X Rs.350/- p.m. subject to actuals. Rs.350/- p.m. subject to actuals.
3 Maintenance allowance will be payable for a period not exceeding 10 months in anacademic year.
(i) Class I to V Nil Rs. 100/- p.m.
(ii) Class VI to X Rs. 600/-p.m. subject to actuals. Rs. 100/-p.m.

* Hostellers include students who are staying in hostel of the school/institute concerned or those provided by the State Government/Union Territory Ad ministration concerned.

Implementing Agencies

The scheme will be implemented through the State Government/ Union Territory administration.

Conditions for Scolarships
  1. Scholarship will be available to the students of minority community studying in Classes I to X. The continuance of award will be subject to securing 50% marks in the previous examination. Maintenance allowance will be provided to hostellers and day scholars.
  2. The award will be discontinued if a student fails to secure 50% marks in the annual examination except in case of unavoidable reasons to be certified by the Principal/competent authority of the school and recommended by the State Government/Union Territory Administration.
  3. Scholarship will not be given to more than two students from a family.
  4. Students should be regular in attendance for which the yardstick will be decided by the competent authority of the school.
  5. Income certificate should be on self -certification basis by way of affidavit on non-judicial stamp paper of self-employed parents/guardian and from employer for employed parents/guardian.
  6. The school/institute will certify the claim of student of being an outstation student not residing in hostel of the school/institute concerned on the basis of permanent address and parents’ address.
  7. Migration of student from oscnheo ol/institute to another would not normally be during the course of academic year except under exceptional circumstances and in the interest of student’s academic career.
  8. If a student violates school discipline or any other terms and conditions of the scholarship, scholarship may be suspended or cancelled. The State Government/Union Territory Administration can also directly cancel the award if duly satisfied of the reasons of violation of these regulations governing the scheme.
  9. If a student is found to have oabitned a scholarship by false statement, his/her scholarship will be cancelled forthwith and the amount of thescholarship paid will be recovered, at the discretion of the concerned State Government/Union Territory Administration.
  10. The State Government/Union Terri tory Administration will lay down the detailed procedure for processing and sanctioning of scholarship to eligible students.
  11. Course fee/Tuition fee will be credited to the school’s/institute’s bank account. Efforts will be made for transferring it electronically through the banks.
  12. Maintenance allowance will be credited to the student’s bank account. Efforts will be made for transferring it electronically through the banks.
  13. The State Government/Union Territory Administration will maintain normal and records relating to the funds received from the Ministry and they will be subjected to inspection by the officers of the Ministry or any other agency designated by the Ministry.
  14. The student obtaining benefits under this scheme shall not be allowed to avail of benefits under any other scheme for this purpose.
  15. A student shall be eligible for only one scholarship for all sources, i.e., SC/ST/OBC.
  16. The State Governments/Union Territory Administration s shall constitute a committee of the Departments implementing such scholarship schemes to ensure that the student from the minority community, who may also belong to children of those engaged in unclean occupation and OBC do not avail scholarship from other sources for the same purpose and avail only one source.
  17. The fund for distribution of scholarship in subsequent year will be released after receiving the utilization certificate for the previous year.
  18. The scheme will be evaluated at regul ar intervals by the Ministry or any other agency designated by the Ministry and the cost of the evaluation will be borne by the Ministry of Minority Affairs under the provision of the scheme.
  19. The State/Union Territory shall plac e all relevant details of financial and physical achievements on their website.
  20. The regulations can be changed at any time at the discretion of the Government of India.
Administrative Expences

As the magnitude of data to be entered and processed would be enormous and the scheme gets implemented over the years, there would be a need to engage qualified skilled personnel right from the beginning to ensure that the data based computerized systems are operational. Qualified skilled personnel possessing requisite expertise to operate computer program designed for this purpose, enter, process, analyse, monitor, retrieve and transfer data should be engaged on contract basis as per need. Data provided by the States/Union Territories will be maintained and managed by the Ministry with personnel of similar expertise to be engaged on contract basis.

A provision not exceeding 1% of the total budget will be made to meet the administrative and allied costs viz. expenditure of the States/Union Territories for office equipments including computers and accessories, furniture, printing of application forms, advertisement, engagement of personnel, etc. This provision will also be used for evaluation and monitoring of the scheme, through outside reputed institutions/agencies engaged by the Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India or by the State Governments/Union Territory administrations.

Renewal Of Scholarship

The scholarship, once awarded, may be renewed during next academic year of the course on the production of certificate that the student has secured 50% marks.

Announcement of Scheme

The scheme will be announced by the concerned State Government/Union Territory Administration we ll in time, by giving advertisements in the leading language newspapers and local dailies/vernacular a nd by using other suitable publicity media.

Mode of Applying

The concerned State Government/Union Territory Administration will supply the application forms, till such time computerized systems are made operational by the State Governments/Union Territory Administrations. The application forms should be received back alongwith requisite certificates/certifications within the stipulated period.

Pattern of Financial Assistance

Funding pattern between Centre and States will be in the ratio of 75:25. Union Territories will be provided 100 per cent Central assistance.

Monitoring And Transparency

The States/Union Territories implementing the scheme shall monitor the financial and physical performance of the scheme at State/Union Territory level. For this purpose, an I.T. enabled mechanism shall be in place. The State/Union Territory will be required to furnish quarterly financial and physical progress reports to the Ministry. The State/Union Territory shall maintain year-wise details of the students receiving scholarship, indicating school/institute, location of school/institute, government or private, class, gender, new or renewal, permanent address and parents’ address. The States/ Union Territories shall place relevant physical and financial details in their official website.

Evaluation

The monitoring of the financial and physical performance of the scheme will be evaluated by assigning evaluation/impact studies to reputed institutions/agencies by the Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India.

FAQ’s

Pre-matric scholarship scheme for minority communities

What is the pre-matric scholarship scheme for minority communities?

The objective of the scheme is to 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.

Pre-matric scholarship scheme for minority communities provides the scholarship to students from class I to X studying in Government/ recognized private schools/ institutes in India. (See website:-www.minorityaffairs.gov.in)

Who is eligible to apply for the pre-matric scholarship?

Students belonging to Muslim/ Christian/ Sikh/ Buddhist/ Parsi who has secured not less than 50% marks in previous final examination and the annual income of his/her parents/ guardians from all sources not exceeding Rs. 1 lakh, can apply for the pre-matric scholarship in the prescribed application to the Department dealing with minority welfare of his/her State/UT, on advertisement published by the State Government/ Union Territory Administration concerned.

What is the financial assistance given under pre matric scholarship?

Under pre-matric scholarship, financial assistance for admission & course/tuition fee and maintenance allowance is given, as under:

Class Admission fee per
annum
Tuition fee per
month
Maintenance allowance
per month for 10
months in an
academic year.
Hosteller Day
scholar
Hosteller Day
scholar
Hosteller Day scholar
I to V Nil Nil Nil Nil Nil Rs. 100/-
VI to X Rs. 500/-
subject to
actuals
Rs. 500/-
subject to
actuals
Rs. 350/-
subject to
actuals
Rs. 350/-
subject to
actuals
Rs. 600/-
subject to
actuals
Rs. 100/-
How is the pre-matric scholarship amount disbursed to the students?

State Government/ Union Territory Administration concerned or their designated agencies disburse the maintenance allowance to the student’s bank accounts, and admission and course/ tuition fee to the bank account of School/ Institute concerned.

When did the scheme commence?

It commenced from the year 2008-09.

What is State/UT-wise achievement since inception?

Pre-matric scholarships sanctioned since inception to 2012-13.

S.No. States/UTs No. of Pre-matric Scholarships Sanctioned
2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
1 Andhra Pradesh 86248 225462 191973 301275
2 Arunachal Pradesh 0 0 0 0
3 Assam 87376 38259 86159 181267
4 Bihar 35668 320107 193967 80622
5 Chhattisgarh 4765 6976 12610 18235
6 Goa 594 0 0
7 Gujarat 0 0 0 0
8 Haryana 14867 24823 0 50308
9 Himachal Pradesh 1095 1166 5171 3652
10 Jammu & Kashmir 53421 116571 250983 225646
11 Jharkhand 18510 26107 51082 45878
12 Karnataka 86829 314508 426813 416243
13 Kerala 161590 563560 696630 944918
14 Madhya Pradesh 18278 61052 135932 129672
15 Maharashtra 201490 545201 701343 788973
16 Manipur 10780 9438 32279
17 Meghalaya 10518 12846 17781 19945
18 Mizoram 9428 14053 13485 40615
19 Nagaland 0 4400 10056 18679
20 Orissa 17049 17909 24553 34673
21 Punjab 123907 279082 296660 266188
22 Rajasthan 60318 121988 148816 199885
23 Sikkim 604 2434 3269 4115
24 Tamil Nadu 84150 312415 301278 340647
25 Tripura 1069 1617 1356 3721
26 Uttar Pradesh 371189 465812 971245 1089486
27 Uttarakhand 449 1132 3103 11907
28 West Bengal 240548 913002 955205 1165386
29 Andaman & Nicobar 96 0 237 277
30 Chandigarh 1518 0 4000 0
31 Dadra & Nagar Haveli 40 72 152 233
32 Daman & Diu 110 113 183 500
33 Delhi 26313 30904 12732 21759
34 Lakshadweep 0 0 0 0
35 Puducherry 259 2345 0
1729076 4421571 5528557 6436984
Who deals with the subject at the level of Director/Deputy Secretary in the Ministry?

Director/Deputy Secretary, Scholarship Division.

Do you have a suggestion?

A. Email:- prematric-mma@nic.in

B. Fax:- 011-24364279 / 011-24364310

What is the contact address of Principal Secretaries/Secretaries dealing with Pre-matric Scholarship in States/UTs?

List of Principal Secretaries/Secretaries dealing with Pre-matric Scholarship in States/UTs.

S.No. Name & Address Telephone No.
1 Principal Secretary, 

Minorities Welfare Deptt.,
Govt. of Andhra Pradesh,
‘A’ Block, Ground Floor,

A.P. Secretariat,

Hyderabad – 500 022.
040- 23244501
2 Secretary, 
Social Welfare Deptt.,
Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh,

Block No.-2, Civil Secretariat,

(Near Public Service Commission Office), Itanagar.
0360- 2245080
3 Secretary, 
Deptt. for Welfare of Minorities & Development,

Govt. of Assam,

Dispur.
0361-2232526
4 Principal Secretary,

Minority Welfare Deptt.,
Govt. of Bihar,
Barrack No.6, Main Old Sectt.
Patna
 0612-2212345
5 Secretary, 
Tribal & Scheduled Castes Welfare Deptt.,
Govt. of Chhattisgarh,
Room No.266, Dou Kalyan Singh Bhawan, Raipur
0771- 4268362
6 Secretary,
Social Welfare Deptt.,
Govt. of Goa,
Panaji.
0832-2232257
7 Principal Secretary.
Social Justice & Empowerment Deptt.,
Govt. of Gujarat,
New Sachivalaya Complex,
Gandhinagar – 382 010.
079-23253265
8 Secretary, 
Social Justice & Empowerment Deptt.,
Govt. of Haryana,

Room No.403, SSO Building,

Haryana Civil Secretariat, Sector-17,
Chandigarh.
0172- 2703522
9 Principal Secretary, 
Social Justice& Empowerment Deptt.,
Govt. of Himachal Pradesh,
Shimla.
0177-2621892
10 Principal Secretary, 
Social Welfare Deptt.,
Govt. of Jammu & Kashmir

Civil Secretariat,

Srinagar – 190 001.
0191- 2452271
11 Principal Secretary,
Welfare Deptt.,
Govt. of Jharkhand,
Project Bhawan, Dhruva,
Ranchi-834004.
 0651- 2552398
12 Secretary, 
Minority Welfare Deptt.,
Govt. of Karnataka,
Vikas Soudha, M.S. Building,
Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Veedi,
Bangalore – 560001.
080- 22863618
13 Secretary, 

General Education Department,

Government of Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram,
Kerala.
0471-2328438
14 Principal Secretary,
Backward Classes & Minority Welfare Deptt,
Govt. of Madhya Pradesh 
Mantralaya, Vallabh Bhavan,
Bhopal.
0755- 2553329
15 Secretary,
School Education & Sports Deptt,
Govt. of Maharashtra,
Mantralaya Annexe,

Mumbai-400032
 022-26051244
16 Principal Secretary, 

Welfare of Minorities & OBC Deptt.,

Govt. of Manipur,

Imphal.
0385- 2442539
17 Commissioner & Secretary, 

Education Department,

Govt. of Meghalaya,

Shillong.
0364-2223424
18 Principal Secretary, 
Education & Human Resource Development Department,
Govt. of Mizoram,
Aizawl.
0389-2323224
19 Commissioner & Secretary, 

Social Welfare Deptt.,

Govt. of Nagaland,

Kohima.
0370-2271432
20 Principal Secretary,

Backward & Minorities Welfare Deptt.,

Govt. of Odisha,

Secretariat,

Bhubaneswar.
 0674- 2322760
21 Secretary, 

Welfare Deptt.,

Govt. of Punjab,

Mini Secretariat, Sector – 9,

Chandigarh.
0172- 5069095
22 Principal Secretary,

Education Deptt.,

Govt. of Rajasthan,

Sachivalaya,

Room No. 340, SSO Building,

Jaipur.
 0141-2200841
23 Secretary, 
Social Welfare Deptt.,
Govt. of Sikkim,
Gangtok.
09434109826
 03592-205596
24 Secretary, 
Backward Classes, Most Backward Classes,
Minorities Welfare Deptt.,
Govt. of Tamil Nadu,
Secretariat, St. George Fort,
Chennai-600009.
044-25670848
25 Commissioner and Secretary, 
SC, OBC & RM Welfare Deptt.,
Govt. of Tripura,
Agartala-799001
0381- 2323333
26 Principal Secretary, 

Minority Welfare & Wakf Deptt.,

Govt. of Uttar Pradesh,

Sachivalaya, 4th Floor, Bapu Bhawan,

Lucknow.
0522-2237157
27 Secretary,
Minority Welfare Deptt.,
Govt. of Uttarakhand,
Secretariat,
Dehradun.
0135-2712061
28 Secretary, 
Minorities Affairs & Madrasa Education Deptt.,
Govt. of West Bengal,
Writers’ Buildings,
Kolkata-700 001.
033-22144015
29 Secretary, 

Social Welfare Deptt.,

Andaman & Nicobar Admn.,
Port Blair.
03192-239140
30 Secretary, 

Social Welfare-cum-Home Deptt.,

Chandigarh Admn.,

UT Secretariat, Sector-9,

Chandigarh.
0172-270045
31 Secretary, 

Social Welfare Deptt.,

Dadra & Nagar Haveli Admn.,

Silvasa.
0260-2230088
32 Secretary, 

Social Welfare Deptt.,

Daman & Diu Admn.

Moti Daman
0260-2230088
33 Secretary, 

Deptt. for the Welfare of SC/ST/OBC/Minority,

Govt. of NCT of Delhi,

IInd Floor ‘B’ Block, Vikas Bhawan,
I.P.Estate,
New Delhi-110002.
011-23378278
34 Secretary, 
Social Justice,
Empowerment & Culture Deptt.,
Lakshdweep Admn.,
Kavaratti.
04896-263180
35 Secretary,

Social Welfare Deptt.,

Govt. of Puducherry,

Secretariat,

Puducherry.
 0413- 2248691