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Kanyashree – Scholarship Benefits, Eligibility, How to Apply & More

Kanyashree is an innovative scholarship programme started by the West Bengal Government to help female students financially in the field of education. Initially, this scholarship programme was available only for school and college students. However, in the year 2017, this scheme was extended to Postgraduate courses as well.

Kanyashree Prakalpa Scholarship provides secondary education or vocational or sports training to girls from financially low families, in order to prevent and discourage their early marriages before 18 years of age. This scholarship programme offers an annual scholarship to girls between the age of 13 to 18 each year, ensuring that the girls remain complete their education.

Kanyashree – What is it?

Kanyashree Prakalpa Scheme is an initiative launched by the Department of Women Development and Social Welfare (DWD&SW), Government of West Bengal. It is a conditional cash transfer scheme, which aims at improving the status and wellbeing of female students. Besides, it also encourages families of girl children not to marry them off at a tender age and support them in higher education. Being a West Bengal Government sponsored scheme, it is implemented in all districts of the State.

Kanyashree – Important Highlights

Before any student begins with the scholarship application process, he/she must know the important details of this scheme.

Kanyashree Scholarship – Important Information

Particulars Details
Name of the Scholarship Programme West Bengal Kanyashree Prakalpa (পশ্চিমবঙ্গ কন্যাশ্রী প্রকালপ)
Launched by Government of West Bengal
Name of Department Department of Women Development and Social Welfare (DWD&SW), Government of West Bengal
Launched in West Bengal State
Launched for Young female domiciles of West Bengal from poor financial backgrounds
Scholarship Type State Government scheme
Method of Application Online
Official Website www.wbkanyashree.gov.in
Session 2020-21

Kanyashree – Important Dates

Female students who want to apply for the Kanyashree Prakalpa Scheme 2020 must know the important dates related to it. They must fill up the online scholarship application form before the last date.

Events Date
Application Form Starts 7th October 2020
Fresh Application Form Closing Date December 2020 (Tentative)
Renewal of Application Form Starts From November 2020 (Tentative)

Kanyashree – Benefits of Scholarship Programme

There are several scholarship programmes under the Department of Women Development and Social Welfare. However, the West Bengal Government has chosen to set up the Kanyashree scholarship so that female students can avail financial benefits from the State government to continue their studies.

Besides this reason, there are several other reasons why the Kanyashree scholarship programme was created.

This scholarship –

  1. Helps female students to continue their education for a longer period of time.
  2. Encourages the delay of girl marriages
  3. Prevents child marriage in West Bengal by increasing the enrolment of girls in secondary education or vocational or sports training.
  4. Reduces dropouts, especially amongst girls from poor families, who are not covered by any other scholarship
  5. Provides financial help to the girls from disadvantaged families to pursue higher studies.

Who are the target beneficiaries?

  1. Approximately 3.5 lakh girls for one time grant each year in West Bengal
  2. For the one-time grant, girls who are completing 18 years on or after 1st April 2020
  3. Girls regularly attending institutions for education or vocational/sports training
  4. Approximately 18 lakh female students for an annual scholarship each year
  5. Girl children within the age of 13 to 19 years from families with annual income up to Rs 1,20,000/-
  6. Girls of Child Care Institutes registered under the J.J. Act within the age of 18-19 years

Kanyashree – 3 Type of Schemes

Through Kanyashree scholarship 2020, the Department of Women Development and Social Welfare is providing students with 3 government scholarship schemes namely –

1. Annual Scholarship (K1)

Under this scheme, female students between the age of 13 and 17 years 11 months will be provided with a scholarship every year. This is a State Government initiative and a method to ensure that the girls remain unmarried and study in school until they reach the legal marriage age.

2. One-time Grant (K2)

Under this scheme, female students between the age of 18 and 19 will be provided with a one-time grant (financial funding).

3. Kanyashree Scholarship (K3)

Under this scholarship scheme, female students from both Arts and Science background can avail financial help on a monthly basis.

Kanyashree – Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria are different for different types of Kanyashree scholarships. Students have to apply for the scholarships as per their age.

Annual scholarship (K1 Level)

1. The student applying for this scholarship must be a domicile of West Bengal

2. She should be unmarried

3. Students’ family income should be less than or equal to Rs. 1,20,000 per year

4. The student should be between 13 and 17 years of age

5. The female student must not turn 18 as this would make her ineligible for yearly scholarship benefit; and she would only be able to get a one-time benefit

6. The female student must be enrolled between class 8 to 12th standard in Government recognised regular or equivalent school or equivalent vocational or any other technical training courses

7. The family income limit will be varied under the following situations:

  • The student is already a recipient of the scholarship and will be applying for a renewal of the  benefit
  • Student’s parents (both father & mother) are deceased
  • The student is physically handicapped

One Time Grant (K2 Level)

1. The student applying for this scholarship must be a domicile of West Bengal

2. She should be unmarried upon attaining the age of 18

3. Students’ family income should be less than or equal to Rs. 1,20,000 per year

4. The applicant female student should be enrolled and regularly attending an Institution of Higher Education or Training

5. The female applicant’s family income criteria can be varied only under the following cases:

  • Student’s parents (both father & mother) are deceased
  • The student is physically handicapped

Kanyashree Scholarship (K3 Level)

  1. Only the students registered for K2 scheme would be eligible for K3 scheme
  2. There is no maximum age limit to apply
  3. The student must have passed an undergraduate degree with at least 45% marks
  4. They must have taken admission in any postgraduate course at any University

Kanyashree – Scholarship Rewards

Kanyashree scholarship rewards are distributed amongst female students as per schemes:

Scholarship Scheme Amount
Annual scholarship (K1 Level) Rs. 750 per year
One Time Grant (K2 Level) Rs. 25,000
Kanyashree Scholarship (K3 Level) Science stream students – Rs. 2500 per month

Arts stream students – Rs. 2000 per month

Kanyashree – Step by Step Application Procedure

Before eligible students can apply for the Kanyashree Prakalpa scheme, they need to open a bank account in their name. This process can be either done by the parents of the girl or the institution can also lend their assistance.

To continue with the application process, students must follow the below steps:

For K1 and K2 Level Scholarship

1. Collect applications form from respective educational institutions

2. Enter the following details to get the scholarship

  • Personal Details
  • Address
  • Educational Institution Address

3. After filling the information, sign on the application form and get it signed by your parents

4. Submit the application along with documents (highlighted below) to the respective educational institution

5. Take it to your Head of the Department, who will verify the details furnished by the students and put an official stamp

6. Take the acknowledgement slip and keep application number for future reference

7. After successful submission of the application form, the details will be uploaded on the official webpage of Kanyashree

For K3 Level

Step 1 – Registration

1. Visit the official Kanyashree K3 Scholarship 2020 Application Portal (http://www.svmcm.wbhed.gov.in/)

2. Click on Registration

3. Scroll down the page and tick the checkbox ‘This is to declare that I have read the instructions properly and I agree to abide by them.

4. Click on Proceed for Registration

5. A popup will appear requesting the minority students applying for fresh scholarship or renewal to apply in the following Portal

6. Click on Close

Step 2 – Add Details

  1. Navigate to the option DIRECTORATE OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION (DPI) and click on Apply on Fresh Application
  2. Select and fill the following details:

Details of Last Eligible Qualifying Board/Council/University Examination for Scholarship

Name of qualifying public examination Roll Number of last eligible Board/Council/College/University examination for Scholarship Total marks obtained(Excluding additional or optional marks)
Name of the Board/Council/College/University Passing Year of 10th Standard Board/Council Examination Out of
Year of Qualifying Examination Roll No of 10th Standard Board/Council Examination Overall percentage(Excluding additional or optional marks)(%)

Basic Details

First Name Last Name Email Id
Middle Name Mobile Number Religion

Present Course of Study

Select District Name of Present Course Duration of Course (In years)
Name of Institution Discipline of Course Date of Admission

Password

Password Confirm Password

3. Click on Register tab

Step 3 – Login

  1. After successful registration, an Applicant ID will be generated
  2. Click on the Login tab by visiting the website
  3. Enter applicant ID and password
  4. Click Submit

Step 4 – Add Details and Upload Photograph & Signature

  1. After logging in, a dashboard will be opened
  2. Click on Edit Profile/Application tab
  3. Fill the application form with basic details, qualifying exams, present course, address of the present institution
  4. Upload your scanned photograph and signature
  5. Click on Save & Continue

Step 5 – Add Bank Details

  1. Submit your bank details with Name of Bank, IFSC Code, Branch Code, Account Number, MICR Code.

Step 6 – Upload Documents

  1. Interested students need to upload the scanned documents (highlighted below) to the online Application Portal
  2. Documents must be uploaded in PDF Format

Step 7 – Application Submission

  1. Click on Submit Application tab after uploading the required documents
  2. Check the uploaded information before clicking on Finalize Application tab
  3. After clicking the button, the female student cannot edit any info
  4. Now you can check your Application Status on the Dashboard

Kanyashree – Documents Required During Application Process

Students who want to enrol themselves and apply for Kanyashree scholarship must have the access to the necessary certificates and documents before moving ahead to the application process.

For K1 and K2

  1. Age proof document – Copy of Birth Certificate
  2. Photocopy of bank passbook
  3. A statement declaration of being unmarried
  4. Certificate of enrolment and attendance by Head of Institution of Education or Training
  5. Income certificate
  6. Copy of Certificate of Disability (for handicapped girls)

For K3

  1. Madhyamik Admit Card
  2. Aadhaar/ration/Voter Card
  3. Marksheet of Last Exam ( both Side)
  4. Admit Card of the last exam
  5. The first page of Bank Pass Book

How to check Kanyashree Application Status?

To track the Scholarship Online Application Form, the student must follow the below steps:

1. Visit the official website of Kanyashree Prakalpa

2. Click on the Track Application option on the main page

3. Select the year and the type of scheme from the drop-down menu

4. Enter the Date of Birth, Application ID and the CAPTCHA image

5. Click on the Submit

6. The student will be able to see the Kanyashree Prakalpa application status.

Renewal of Kanyashree Prakalpa Scholarship 2020

In case a student wants to renew her scholarship, the process remains the same as that for new students. She must upload all the documents. However, there is no requirement for income certificate for the Kanyashree Scheme application renewal.

Kanyashree – Helpline Number & Contact Address

Address Bikash Bhaban

10thFloor, DF Block, Sector 1, Salt Lake City

Kolkata – 700091

Phone Number 033-23341563
District and State wise Nodal officers’ contact details Click Here

Kanyashree – FAQs

Who can apply for Kanyashree K3 Scholarship scheme?

Female students pursuing postgraduate courses from any regular university in West Bengal can apply for this scholarship.

What is the minimum percentage required?

Students need to attain a minimum of 45% marks in the undergraduate course.

What is the scholarship amount?

The scholarship amount depends on the Kanyashree scheme applied for:

  • Annual scholarship (K1 Level) – Rs. 750 per year
  • One Time Grant (K2 Level) – Rs. 25,000
  • Kanyashree Scholarship (K3 Level) – Rs. 2500 per month (Science stream)/Rs. 2000 per month (Arts stream)

Can Open/Distance University students apply for Kanyashree Scholarship?

No. Only the students pursuing regular courses from universities in West Bengal can apply for the Kanyashree scholarship programme.

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