The government of India in its efforts to raise the education level and opportunities for its citizens provides a number of scholarships throughout one’s academic journey right from primary levels to post-doctoral research levels. From National Scholarships which encourage meritorious students to go a little further in academics to a need-based scheme that supports students hailing from disadvantaged sections of the society to pursue quality education at elite institutions of India, it acts as an integral part of the whole structure. In particular, central and state universities have specially-run schemes and regulations to admit and promote such students. The concept of ‘disadvantage points’ which awards students points based on their family annual income, background, family educational level is also intrinsic to this. Take a look at the following repository of National Scholarships on offer.
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National Scholarships can fall under either a ‘Central Scheme’ or ‘UGC’ schemes. These are offered through the National Scholarship Portal of the Government of India. In addition to this, there are All India Council for Technical Education [AICTE] scholarships and diverse state schemes as well which cater to students who are domiciles of the respective states. For the year 2020, applicants hailing from the UT of Jammu and Kashmir and UT of Ladakh can apply for NSP scholarship until 31st January, 2020.
Central Schemes in National Scholarships
The various ministries and departments in the central government of India run a series of schemes that are aimed at students enrolled across a range of institutions and levels. Further, there are several programs specifically designed for individuals belonging to specific sections such as OBS, SC, ST, PwD, EWS, etc.
|Offering Body||National Scholarships||Closing Date|
|Ministry of Minority Affairs||1. Pre Matric ScholarshipScheme for Minorities2. Post Matric ScholarshipScheme for Minorities3. Merit cum MeansScholarshipfor Professional andTechnical Courses CS||31-12-2020
|Department ofEmpowerment ofPersonswithDisabilities||1. Pre-matric Scholarship for Students with Disabilities2. Post-matric Scholarshipfor Students with Disabilities3. Scholarships for TopClass4. Education for studentswith disabilities||31-12-2020
|Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment||Top Class EducationScheme for SC Students||28-02-2021|
|Ministry of Labour andEmployment||1. Financial Assistance for Education of the Wards ofBeedi/Cine/IOMC/LSDMWorkers – Post-Matric 2. Financial Assistance for Education of the Wards of Beedi/Cine/IOMC/LSDM Workers – Pre-Matric3. Aam Aadmi Bima YojnaScholarship for AndhraPradesh||20-01-2021
|Ministry of Tribal Affairs||National Fellowship andScholarship for Higher Education of ST Students – Scholarship (Formally Top Class Education for Scheduled Tribe Students) – only forscholarships||20-01-2021|
|Department of SchoolEducation & Literacy||1. National Scheme ofIncentive to Girls forSecondary Education(NSIGSE)2. National Means CumMerit Scholarship||31-12-202031-12-2020|
|Department of HigherEducation||Central Sector Scheme ofScholarships For Collegeand University Students||31-01-2021|
|WARB, Ministry of HomeAffairs||1. Prime Minister’s Scholarship Scheme For CentralArmed Police Forces AndAssam Rifles2. Prime Minister’s Scholarship Scheme For Wards ofStates/UTs Police Personnel Martyred During Terror/Naxal Attacks||20-09-2020
|RPF/RPSF, Ministry ofRailway||Prime Minister’s Scholarship Scheme For RPF/RPSF||20-01-2021|
|North Eastern Council (NEC), DoNER||Financial Support to the Students of NER for Higher Professional Course (NEC Merit Scholarship)||20-01-2021|
National Scholarships: UGC Schemes-MHRD
The University Grants Commission [UGC] is a statutory body that regulates higher education across Indian universities and institutes. From ensuring standards of education to designing curriculum and carrying out periodic changes as per needs and requirements, it acts as governing authority. Further, it also runs and facilitates four scholarships which are as follows
|Offering Body||National Scholarships||Closing Date|
|Ishan Uday – Special Scholarship
North Eastern Region
|PG Indira Gandhi Scholarship For
Single Girl Child
|PG Scholarship For University
Rank Holders (1st and 2nd Rank
|PG Scholarship Scheme For SC/ST
Students For Pursuing Professional Courses
Overseeing technical education development, regulation and recognition, the AICTE serves as the main institutional body that governs courses belonging to the disciplines of engineering, technology, management, town planning, architecture, hotel management and catering technology, applied arts, etc. The range of institutions under its ambit include not only universities and community colleges but also finishing schools, vocational institutes, amongst others. It offers four schemes of National Scholarships:
|OfferingBody||National Scholarships||Closing Date|
|AICTE||Pragati Scholarship Scheme for Girl Students (Technical Degree)||31-01-2021|
|AICTE||Pragati Scholarship Scheme for Girl Students (Technical Dilpoma)||31-01-2021|
|AICTE||Saksham Scholasrhip Scheme for Specially Abled Students (Technical Diploma)||31-01-2021|
|AICTE||Saksham Scholasrhip Scheme for Specially Abled Students (Technical Degree)||31-01-2021|
Overview of Application Procedure
The process of application for any of the above-mentioned National Scholarships involve:
- Register at the National Scholarship Portal by filling all the necessary details and create a unique student application ID and password.
- Login with the credentials.
- Start the ‘Application Form’ and fill the required particulars [contact details, academic information, etc].
- Upload all the necessary and relevant documents.
- Click on ‘Final Submit.’
- You can check the status of your application through the ‘Check your Status’ Tab or via the ‘National Scholarship Portal’ Mobile App.
To know more about it, refer to this video-
Here are a few useful links to resources that might come of use for those exploring scholarships in India as well as abroad.
- Bihar Scholarships
- PhD Scholarships in India
- Ratan Tata Scholarship for Engineering Students
- Vidyasiri Scholarship
- Siksha Abhiyan Scholarship
- HDFC Scholarship
- GRE Scholarships
- DMS Scholarship
- Prathibha Scholarship
- DCE Scholarship
- LIC Scholarship
- Dhirubhai Ambani Scholarship
- Canara Bank Scholarship
- Kothari Fellowship
- Haryana Scholarship
- Punjab Scholarship
- Indira Gandhi Single Girl Child Scholarship
- Dr. Ambedkar Scholarship
Thus, we hope that this blog has helped you gain clarity about the different National Scholarships and what they entail. If you are interested in applying for a course abroad and but feel hesitant about the long-drawn process of getting the financial aid and admission procedure, take advantage of quality guidance by our team of expert counsellors and mentors at Leverage Edu and we will assist you in finding the right scholarship as well as throughout the application process to ensuring that you sail smoothly towards a vibrant educational journey.