Post Matric Scholarship For Students With Disabilities will support students with disabilities to study further in order to prepare themselves to earn their livelihood and to find a dignified place for themselves in the society as they face several barriers physical, financial, psychological, mental in pursuing studies and living with dignity. At times such students are deprived of harnessing their latent skills and thereby miss the opportunity.
To support students with disabilities for their study in classes XI and XII onwards so that the incidence of drop-out, especially in the transition from the secondary to the higher secondary stage is minimized.
To improve participation of students with disabilities in Class XI and XII and at the post~matric stage of education.
All Graduate Degree 85 Post-graduate Degree/ Diploma courses recognised by UGC/AIC’I‘E shall be covered under Post-matric Scholarship.
Number of Post Matric Scholarship For Students With Disabilities
The number of Post-matric scholarships to be sanctioned every year is 17,000 Renewal (seventeen thousand only).
The number of slots of scholarships as mentioned above will be distributed among all the States and Union Territories of India. The no. of slots available to any State / UT is decided on the basis of percentage of the population of Pst of that State/UT in comparison to the total PwD population of India. The No. of scholarships allocated to each of the State / UT.
Provided that in case the numbers of scholarships so allocated to a State / UT are not fully utilized, due to non-availability of eligible candidates, the unutilised slots shall be allocated amongst the other
States / UTs where the number of eligible candidates is much more than the slots allocated to that State / UT.
Eligibility Criteria for Post Matric Scholarship For Students With Disabilities
Scholarships under this scheme shall be available for studying in classes XI, XII, Post-matriculation diploma/ certificates and Bachelor’s Degree or Diploma in India and Master’s Degree / Diploma from any University recognised by UGC/AICTE.
These scholarships will be given for the study of all recognized post matriculation or post-secondary courses pursued in recognized institutions with the following exceptions:
“Scholarships are not awarded for training courses like Aircraft Maintenance Engineer’s Courses and Private Pilot license Courses. Courses at “Training – Ship Dufferin (Now Rajendra), courses of training at the Military College, Dehradun, courses at Pre-examination Training Centres of all India and State levels.”
Only those candidates who have passed the Matriculation or Higher Secondary or any higher examination of a recognized University or Board of Secondary Education will be eligible.
Courses at the level of post-graduate degree/diploma/ certificate are also covered under this scheme.
Candidates who after passing one stage of education are studying in the same stage of education in different subject e.g. B.Com. after BA. in other subjects will not be eligible. However, students pursuing L.L.B/B.Ed/B.E1.Ed. after passing B.A./B.SC./B.E. etc. are eligible for Post Matric Scholarship under this scheme.
Students who are pursuing two different courses of study simultaneously can avail the scholarship for any one course only provided pursuance of such courses are permissible under the rules /regulations of the Educational Authority concerned.
Students studying in Class XI of the Higher Secondary School courses of the XII Class of the Multipurpose High School will not be eligible for it being a continuous school course. However, in cases where Xth class examination of such courses is treated as equivalent to Matriculation and students who after passing Xth class join other courses, such students will be treated as
post-matric students and will be eligible for the award of scholarships.
Students who after failing or passing the undergraduate examinations in Arts /Science / Commerce join any recognized professional or Technical certificate/diploma/ degree courses will be awarded scholarships if otherwise eligible subsequent failure will be condoned except courses in
Students who pursue their studies through correspondence courses are also eligible. The term correspondence includes distant and continuing education.
Employed students whose income combined with the income of their parents /guardians does not exceed the maximum prescribed income ceiling are made eligible to post-matric scholarships to the extent of reimbursement of all compulsorily payable non-refundable fees.
Benefits of Post Matric Scholarship For Students With Disabilities
The amount of Post-matric scholarship includes the following for the complete duration of the course:-
(i) Maintenance allowance
(ii) Disability allowance
(iii) Reimbursement of compulsory non-refundable fees
(iv) Book allowance
The details are as follows:
All Bachelors/Post-graduate degree courses in Medicine, Engineering/Technology, Planning/ Architecture, Fashion Technology, Management, Business/ Finance Administration, Computer Science/ Applications, Agriculture, Veterinary and Allied Sciences. All post-graduate degree/diploma courses recognized by UGC/AICTE in any discipline.
Professional courses leading to Degree/ Diploma, Certificate in areas like Pharmacy (B. Pharma), LLB, BFS, other para-medical branches like Rehabilitation, Diagnostics etc., Mass Communication, Hotel Management Catering, Travel /Tourism/ Hospitality, Interior Decoration, Nutrition Dietetics, Commercial Art, Financial Services (e.g. Banking, Insurance, Taxation, etc.)
All other courses leading to a Graduate degree not covered under Group I 8511 e.g. BA/B.Sc/B.Com etc.
All post-matriculation level non-degree courses for which entrance qualification is High School (Class X), e.g. senior secondary certificate (Class XI and XII), both general and vocational stream, ITI courses, 3-year diploma courses in Polytechnics, etc.
Note: The scholarship is given for the study of all recognised post-matriculation or post-secondary courses pursued in recognised institutions, the list of courses grouped (I to IV) is only illustrative and not exhaustive. The State Governments/Union Territory Administrations are, thus, themselves competent to decide the appropriate grouping of courses at their level.
Disability allowances: The different types of allowances related to disability shall be payable as under:
|Sl No||Type of Disability||Amount (Rs Per Annum)|
|1||Visually Impaired||Rs 4000|
|2||Hearing Impaired||Rs 2000|
|3||Physically Disabled||Rs 2000|
|4||Intellectual Disabilities||Rs 4000|
|5||All other types of disability not covered under above||Rs 2000|
Reimbursement of compulsory non-refundable fees
Scholars are paid enrolment/registration, tuition, games, Union, Library, Magazine, Medical Examination and such other fees compulsorily Rs.1.50 lakh per annum. Refundable deposits like caution money, the security deposit will, however, be excluded.
Note: The Compulsory non-refundable fee charged by recognized institutions against free and paid seats of recognized courses can be’fully reimbursed as per the fee structure approved by the competent State /Central Government authority up to the maximum ceiling of Rs.l.50 Lakh per annum.
Book Allowance: Rs.1500/- per annum
Post Matric Scholarship For Students With Disabilities – General Condition
Normally the term ‘Hostel’ is applicable to a common residential building and common messes for the students run under the supervision of the educational institution authorities. In case the college authorities are unable to provide accommodation in the college Hostel, an approved place of residence can also be treated as Hostel for the purpose of this scheme. The place will be approved by the Head of the Institution after due inspection and keeping in view the rules and regulations laid down by the University/ Institute if any. In such case, a certificate to the effect that” the Student is residing in an approved place of residence, as he /she is unable to get accommodation in the school /college hostel should be furnished by the Head of the Institution.
It is further clarified that such deemed hostels should consist of such accommodation as is hired at least by a group of 5(five) students living together, usually with common mess arrangements.
Scholars who are entitled to free board and/ or lodging will be paid maintenance charge at 1/3rd at hostellers’ rate.
The scholarship is dependent on the satisfactory progress and conduct of the scholar. If it is reported by the Head of the Institution at any time that a scholar has by reasons of his/ her own act of default failed to make satisfactory progress or has been guilty of misconduct such as resorting to or
participating in strikes, irregularity in attendance without the permission of the authorities concerned etc., the authority sanctioning the scholarship may either cancel the scholarships or stop or withhold further payment for such period as it may think fit.
If a student is found to have obtained a scholarship by false statements, his/ her scholarship will be cancelled forthwith and the amount of the scholarship paid will be recovered, at the discretion of the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disability, Government of India. The student concerned will be blacklisted and debarred for scholarship in any scheme forever.
A scholarship awarded may be cancelled if the scholar changes the subject of the course of study for which the scholarship was originally awarded.
A scholar is liable to refund the scholarship amount at the discretion of the Dept of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Government of India, if during the course of the year, the studies for which the scholarship has been awarded, is discontinued by him /her.
Maintenance allowance is payable from 1st April or from the month of admission, whichever is later, to the month in which the examinations are completed, at the end of the academic year (including maintenance allowance during holidays), provided that if the scholar secures admission after the 2oth
day of a month, the amount will be paid from the month following the month of admission. The maintenance allowance shall be payable for twelve months in an academic year for the pre-matric and post-matric scholarship.
In case of renewal of scholarships awarded in the previous years, maintenance allowance will be paid from the month following the month up to which scholarship was paid in the previous year, if the course of study is continuous.
The scholarship will not be paid for the period of internship/houseman ship in the M.B.B.S. course or for a practical training in other courses if the student is in receipt of some remuneration during the internship period or some allowance/stipend during the practical training in other courses.
Registration and Selection Procedure
The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities will announce the details of the scheme and invite applications by issuing an advertisement in the leading newspapers and through the websites and other media outfits. Applications will be called for through National Scholarship Portal
(WWW. scholarships. gov.in).
The applicants should submit their application through the online system within the last date prescribed for receipt of applications. All requisite documents like the photograph, proof of age, disability certificate, income certificate of the parent, tuition fees receipt, last academic qualification
certificate, etc. duly filled in the prescribed format are required to be Uploaded in the online system, if the scholarship amount including tuition fee is more than Rs.50,000/- per annum. In case the total scholarship amount is less than Rs.50,000/- supporting documents may be kept in safe custody of Head of School / Institution, keeping in View the connectivity issue that exists in far-flung areas. [This is as per minutes of the meeting of Committee of Secretaries (COS) held under the Chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary on 17th June 2016 to discuss issues pertaining to Harmonization
of Scholarship Schemes].
The institutions in which the candidate is studying shall also register itself in the same website and verify the details provided by the candidates. The nodal officer nominated by the State shall oversee all the applications and process the same on behalf of the State Government who shall digitally sign
the final list in the PFMS portal for disbursal of scholarship amount to the beneficiaries.
Final selection will be done by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities based on the recommendations of the concerned Department of the State Government considering, inter alia, the no. of slots available to that particular State. The no. of slots available to any State is
decided on the basis of percentage of a population of PWDs of that State in comparison to the total PWD population of India.
In case a candidate is a permanent resident of one State but studying in another State, his application will be considered under the slot of his home State and his application needs the recommendation of the Education/Welfare Department of the State of which he is a permanent
Merit Criteria for Selection: The following factors will be taken into consideration:
- Fulfillment of eligibility conditions as given in the scheme.
- Recommendation of the State Education Department.
- No. of slots available to the State.
- The merit of the candidate in terms of percentage of marks obtained in the qualifying examination.
- In case of a tie in a percentage of marks, the percentage of disability will be considered i.e. the candidate with higher percentage of disability will get preference. In case there is still a tie, the age will be considered i.e. the older candidate will get preference.
Duration and Renewal of Awards
The award once made will be tenable from the stage at which it is given for the completion, of course, subject to good conduct and regularity in attendance. It will be renewed from year to year provided that within a course which is continuous for a number of years, the scholar secures
promotion to the next higher class irrespective of the fact whether such examinations are conducted by a University or the Institution.
If a student with disabilities pursuing Group I courses above, (in case of post-matric scholarship) fails in the examination for the first time, the award may be renewed. For second and subsequent failure in any class, the student shall bear his/her own expenses until he/she secures promotion to the next higher class.
If a scholar is unable to appear in the annual examination owing to illness and or on account of any other unforeseeable event, the award may be renewed for the next academic year on submission of medical certificate and/or other required sufficient proof to the satisfaction of the head of the Institution and his / her certifying that the scholar would have passed had he appeared in the examination.
If according to the Regulations of a University/ Institution, a student is promoted to the next higher class even though he /she may. not have actually passed in lower class and is required to take an examination of the junior class again after some time, he /she will be entitled to the scholarship for
the class to which he /she is promoted if the student is otherwise eligible for the scholarship.
Mode of Distribution and Monitoring of Scholarship
The scholarship scheme shall be implemented through the National Scholarship Portal and the amount will be directly credited into the bank account of the beneficiaries through the PFMS system by the Department of Empowerment of Persons. with Disabilities.
Monitoring of the scheme will be done by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities through the online portal.
The State Government shall ensure that list of beneficiaries, with necessary particulars, are maintained district-Wise, and category-wise.