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25 million students get Minority Scholarships – Half of them are girls

In what can be called a sweet fruit of labour, the Ministry of Minority Affairs, on Wednesday, announced that more than 25 million students got the scholarships this year. Half of these students are girls, a feat that is both a promising and a harbinger of hope for girl child education.

Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, in an official statement to the Press, said that scholarships are being given for the educational empowerment of minority students, including girl students all over the country. All these scholarships were given under the following three schemes:

(i) Pre-Matric Scholarship for students in class I to X

Pre Matric Scholarship Scheme for Minorities

(ii) Post-Matric Scholarship from class XI to Ph.D

Post Matric Scholarship Scheme for Minorities

(iii) Merit-cum-Means based scholarship for professional and technical courses

Merit cum Means Scholarship Scheme for Minorities

These scholarships are popular among the minority community students and witness huge volume of applications every year. All these schemes accept applications online and the mode of payment is DBT (Direct Bank Transfer). In addition to the above listed schemes, a big contributor towards the 2.52 crore disbursed scholarships is the Begum Hazrat Mahal National Scholarship for girl students.

The minister said Begum Hazrat Mahal Scholarship Scheme is also implemented online and the scholarship is disbursed under the DBT mode and the process has increased promptness, transparency and efficiency.

Begum Hazrat Mahal Scholarship Scheme for Girls

Through scholarships for minorities, the government of India ensures that those parents who are unable to send their wards to school/college due to lack of financial resources, get a chance to continue their wards’ education. The The minority religious communities in India, which include Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Zoroastrians (Parsis) and Jains as notified by GOI are the biggest beneficiaries of such schemes. As a part of the Digital India mission, all scholarships are now offered through the online medium which makes the process transparent, efficient and much faster than earlier.

For the academic year 2018-19, these schemes are due to be announced soon. The National Scholarship Portal, through which these schemes accept online applications, has . For details, please visit Buddy4Study or keep checking this space.

Source: PTI

Devesh Matharia

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