Everything About AICTE Scholarships

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AICTE Scholarship

Knowledge has no limit and therefore gathering knowledge is a lifelong process. Nothing should limit anyone on their quest for knowledge. If you’re a meritorious student but unable to pursue your higher education because you don’t have enough financial resources, then here’s a solution for you. There are plenty of scholarships to help you out throughout your educational journey and one such scholarship is the AICTE Scholarships. AICTE every year offers many scholarships to deserving candidates who aspire to join courses in the science stream but aren’t able to due to financial constraints. This blog aims to provide you with the key features of AICTE Scholarships, eligibility criteria and more.

What is AICTE Scholarship?

AICTE or The All India Council for Technical Education is India’s topmost advisory body responsible for providing technical education throughout the country, irrespective of any state. The responsibility of AICTE involves granting accreditation to different colleges and higher education institutions offering a wide range of technical training programs in the country. Additionally, it also provides numerous beneficial fellowships and scholarships to those students with promising academic records and those who are highly ambitious towards pursuing a degree in science or technology. AICTE scholarships are meant to provide assistance by offering monetary grants to candidates so that they can continue their studies and undertake research that will lead to a development in the various fields of science.

Different AICTE Scholarships

A large number of scholarships are offered under AICTE. Listed below are some of the major AICTE Scholarships. Being aware of the wide-ranging scholarships can help in picking the one that suits a person’s needs.  

  • PG Scholarship
  • National Doctoral Fellowship (NDF)
  • Pragati Scholarship
  • Saksham Scholarship
  • Prerana – Scheme For Preparing SC/ST Students For Higher Education
  • Samriddhi – Scheme For SC/ST Students For Setting Start-ups
  • Support To Students For Participating in Competition Abroad (SSPCA)
  • Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme – PMSSS
  • AICTE-INAE Travel Grant Scheme

The next section elaborates some of the scholarships in further detail with their eligibility criteria, so that one can understand the scope of each scholarship and prerequisites to fulfil in order to apply for these scholarships.

AICTE PG Scholarship

This scholarship by AICTE is conferred to those students who have successfully qualified for their GATE/GPAT entrance exams and have been selected for different programs in M.E./ M.Arch/ M. Tech & MPharma in colleges that are recognised and accredited by AICTE. A student is provided with a stipend of 12,400 INR every month for a duration of two years to cover the course fees of the degree.

Eligibility Criteria for PG Scholarship: 

Students are eligible to apply if they have successfully cleared their GATE/ GPAT entrance exams. Additionally, the students should already hold an offer of admission for the first year for courses of ME/ MTech/ M.Arch/ M.Pharma programs in any of the AICTE approved institutions in the country. Undertaking full-time programs are necessary.

Further, it is mandatory for the students to maintain a savings account, which is a requirement for this scholarship.

AICTE Scholarships: Saksham Scholarship

AICTE grants the Saksham Scholarship to the special or differently-abled students who are desirous of taking admission in a technical degree course or a diploma. Students can’t take admission in any institution which does not come under the AICTE approval list. A tuition fee of 30,000 INR and a monthly 2000 INR as an incidental benefit, for a time span of ten months, is granted to the student to help them pursue the degree comfortably.

Eligibility Criteria for Saksham Scholarship

This scholarship is specifically for students who are specially abled and thus provides them with financial assistance to pursue higher studies. The disability of the individual should be certified and should not be below 40%. Furthermore, it is mandatory for a prospective candidate to be enrolled in a technical course or program and should already be pursuing the first year of the degree.

Only students belonging to a family with a yearly income of fewer than 8 Lakhs are eligible to apply for this scholarship.

AICTE Scholarships: Pragati Scholarship

A distinctive feature of the Pragati scholarship is that it has been reserved for girls and is solely intended to be awarded to meritorious girls who are aspiring to take admission in any technical course in a college endorsed by the AICTE. A tuition fee of 30,000 INR and monthly 2000 INR as incidental charges, for a period of ten months, is granted to the student under this plan of the AICTE scholarships.

Eligibility Criteria for Pragati Scholarship

The basic criterion of this scholarship is that its exclusively for female candidates who have secured their admission in any technical course and are undergoing their first year of degree or diploma. If the college or institution of admission is not recognised by AICTE, then the candidate is not eligible to apply for the scholarship. Additionally, the yearly income of the family from all its potential sources should not exceed a total amount of 8 Lakhs.

National Doctoral Fellowship (NDF)

This scholarship is conferred by AICTE to those research scholars who are pursuing regular and full-time research programs. They are granted a research fellowship to secure their admission in a PhD course in the field of their specialization. A scholar should have taken up the research program in an AICTE approved research university only. Under this scholarship, students get 28,000 INR per month and they are also given an allowance for accommodation purposes outside the campus hostel. They also receive a yearly contingency sum of 15,000 INR to facilitate the successful completion of the research.

Eligibility for National Doctoral Fellowship

To be eligible to receive grants of this fellowship one should have a CGPA of at least 7.5 or a minimum of 75% in undergraduate courses including, BE, BTech, B.Pharm. If a candidate belongs to any reserved category then the CGPA requirement will be 7.0. The candidate should have qualified for an entrance test, either GATE or GPAT. The minimum age requirement for the candidate is 30 years. A five year age relaxation will be given to students from the reserved category.

Prime Minister Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS)

The primary aim of this scholarship is to facilitate skill development amongst the young of Jammu and Kashmir. The purpose is to provide education and empowerment to the youth that will result in a better future. The scholarship further aims to create a range of employment opportunities for them. PMSSS provides beneficiaries for the whole course amounting to around 3,00,000 INR and also maintenance charge which adds up to 1,00,00 INR.

Eligibility Criteria for PMSSS

The foremost requirement for a candidate is to possess a domicile certificate of J&K. The candidate applying for this scholarship should have a qualified class 12th exam from CBSE or JKBOSE.In addition to this, a student with a diploma that has been earned after matriculation is also eligible to apply for this scholarship. Candidates who aspire to study a full-time medical degree or any professional course in any institution which has been granted approval by PMSSS are eligible for this scholarship.

Application Process

Now that we know the details of these scholarships and how you can apply for these scholarships:

Scholarship Application Process
AICTE PG Scholarship You can apply through the official website of AICTE Scholarship
Saksham Scholarship You can apply through National Scholarship Portal
Pragati Scholarship You can apply through National Scholarship Portal
National Doctoral Fellowship You can apply online through the website of National Doctoral Fellowship
Prime Minister Special Scholarship Scheme You can apply online through the official website of PMSSS


Here are the rewards that are available for all these scholarships: 

Scholarship Rewards Duration
AICTE PG Scholarship INR 12,400 per month 24 months or duration of the course
Saksham Scholarship INR 50,000 per annum Duration of Diploma/Degree course
Pragati Scholarship INR 50,000 per annum Duration of Diploma/Degree course
National Doctoral Fellowship Monthly stipend of INR 28,000Accommodation allowance 
A contingency grant of INR 15,000 per annum
3 years
Prime Minister Special Scholarship Scheme An academic fee of up to INR 3 Lakh
A maintenance charge of INR 1 Lakh
Duration of Diploma/Degree course

Selection Process

Let us learn about the selection process of these scholarships:

Scholarship Selection Criteria
AICTE PG Scholarship Students must have a valid GATE/ GPAT score
Saksham Scholarship Based on Merit
Pragati Scholarship Based on Merit
National Doctoral Fellowship Students are initially shortlisted by the office of Principal Coordinator and then by the institute
Students must take the interview then
The final selection is made on basis of recommendations of various institutions by the National Nodal Centre
Prime Minister Special Scholarship Scheme Based on merit as per marks obtained during counselling from PMSSS Portal

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