Odisha Increases Pre-Matric Scholarship Rates for ST/SC Students

New Delhi, 7 June 2022: The state government of Odisha has hiked the rates for the pre-matric scholarship given to candidates belonging to SC and ST communities. The rate of scholarship has been revised and hiked after 7 years. As per the Odisha government, the pre-matric scholarship for ST and SC students has been increased from Rs. 750 to Rs. 950 for boys and from Rs. 800 to Rs. 1000 for girls.

Odisha Pre-Matric Scholarship Hike – Overview

Event Enhancement of the rate of pre-matric scholarship for ST and SC students
Issue The pre-matric scholarship for ST and SC students has been increased by the Odisha government:

 

  • For male candidates, the scholarship has been increased from Rs. 750 to Rs. 950
  • For female candidates, the scholarship has been increased from Rs. 800 to Rs. 1000
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Odisha Pre-Matric Scholarship – Details

  • Pre-Matric scholarships are given to Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe students studying in ST & SC Development Department educational institutions as well as School & Mass Education Department – including special ST/SC hostels of ST & SC Development Department – in the state of Odisha.
  • Due to significant increases in the prices of food and other essential commodities of daily use, the current rate of pre-matric scholarship is deemed insufficient to meet the requirement of students under the Odisha board. 
  • Given the insufficiency of the operating rates of pre-matric scholarship given to SC/ST boarder students, the state government has decided to increase the rates of pre-matric scholarship with respect to students under the Odisha board.

Note: Pre-matriculation application/approval/sanction dates at school and district levels have been extended until 20 June 2022, 25 June 2022, and 30 June 2022, respectively. For more information, please click here.

Odisha Pre-Matric Scholarship – Eligibility

SC Class 9, Class 10 Parents’/guardian’s income from all sources shall not exceed Rs. 2,50,000 (two lakh fifty thousand) per annum
  • Aadhaar Card of student
  • Income Certificate of the parent/guardian
  • Caste Certificate of the student
  • Copy of passbook of bank account with the account number and IFSC code of the bank branch
  • Passport size photograph of the student
  • Marksheet of the last exam passed
ST Class 9, Class 10 Parents’/guardian’s income from all sources shall not exceed Rs. 2,50,000 (two lakh fifty thousand) per annum
  • Aadhaar Card of the student
  • Income Certificate of the parent/guardian
  • Caste Certificate of the student
  • Copy of passbook of bank account with the account number and IFSC code of the bank branch
  • Passport size photograph of student
  • Marksheet of the last exam passed

Odisha Pre-Matric Scholarship – Revised Rates

The increased rates of the Odisha pre-matric scholarship, as detailed below, will be effective from the date of this resolution‘s issuance as of 4th June 2022 until further orders are issued:Odisha Pre-Matric Scholarship - Revised Rates

Odisha Pre-Matric Scholarship - Revised Rates

Odisha Pre-Matric Scholarship - Revised Rates

Odisha Pre-Matric Scholarship - Revised Rates

Note:

  • In the case of students from Classes 9-12 of educational institutions under the administrative control of the ST & SC Development Department as well as School & Mass Education Department, additional rice of 250 gm will be allotted per day per candidate at subsidised rates to provide an additional meal during Mid Day Meal time. 
  • The cost of the additional allotment of subsidised rice will be covered by the ST & SC Development Department in addition to the regular scholarship amount.

Odisha Pre-Matric Scholarship – Additional Information

  • The Odisha pre-matric scholarship is intended to cater to the candidates studying under the ST & SC Development, Minorities & Backward Classes Welfare Department (Department of School and Mass Education, Odisha). 
  • Initially, the monthly scholarship amount was used to cover hostel mess expenses such as lentils, vegetables, non-vegetarian items, edible oil, spices, and fuel costs. 
  • The Government of Odisha would spend around Rs 490 crore per year on the flagship scheme, which was last revised in 2015.
  • Aside from the scholarship, officials stated that millet-based food items will be added to the hostel menu to address the nutritional needs of the students under the board. 
  • According to officials, the scheme will benefit over 5 lakh ST and SC students.

Odisha Pre-Matric Scholarship – FAQs

Who is eligible for the Odisha Pre-Matric scholarship?

Odisha Pre-matric scholarships are given to Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe students studying in ST & SC Development Department educational institutions as well as School & Mass Education Department including Special ST/SC hostels of the state government.

What is the reason for the hike in the Odisha Pre-Matric Scholarship?

Given the insufficiency of the operating rates of pre-matric scholarship given to SC/ST boarder students, the government has decided to increase the rates of pre-matric scholarship with respect to students under the Odisha board.

What is the last date for Pre-matric application/approval/sanction at the school and district levels for the Odisha Pre-Matric Scholarship?

Pre-matriculation application/approval/sanction dates at the school and district levels have been extended until 20 June 2022, 25 June 2022, and 30 June 2022.