The Pradhan Mantri Scholarship | Uchchatar Shiksha Protsahan Yojana Scholarship is a government scholarship scheme that provides financial assistance to meritorious students from poor families to pursue higher education. The scholarship amount is up to Rs. 20,000 per year. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is October 31, 2023.
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About the Pradhan Mantri Scholarship
The scholarships are awarded by the Ministry of Education, Government of India on the basis of results of the Higher Secondary / Class XII Board Examination. A maximum of 82,000 fresh scholarships per annum are provided for pursuing graduate /postgraduate degrees in colleges and universities and for professional courses, such as Medical, Engineering, etc.
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Allocation of Scholarship
The total number of scholarships is divided amongst the State Education Boards based on the State’s population in the age group of 18-25 years, after segregating the share of CBSE and ICSE on the basis of the number of students passing out from various Boards in the country. 50% of the scholarships are earmarked for girls. Out of the total scholarship slots earmarked for UTs of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, 3% slots shall be earmarked for the students from the UT of Ladakh.
The number of scholarships allotted to a State Education Board is distributed amongst passouts of the Humanities, Science, and Commerce streams in the ratio of 3:3:1. In case of a shortfall in the number of applications, the scholarship slots shall be interoperable among categories (Gen, OBC, SC & ST), gender (Female, Male) and State Quota to maximize use of slots for fresh scholarships with effect from academic year 2022-23, subject to the condition that guidelines of Ministry of Finance and NITI Aayog regarding SC/ST fund allocation of the schemes are adhered to.
Students who are above the 80th percentile of successful candidates in the relevant stream from the respective Board of Examination in Class XII of 10+2 pattern or equivalent;
Pursuing regular degree courses and not correspondence or distance mode or pursuing Diploma courses;
Pursuing courses at colleges/institutions recognized by All India Council for Technical Education and respective Regulatory Bodies concerned;
Not availing the benefit of any other scholarship schemes including State-run scholarship schemes/ fee waiver & reimbursement scheme;
Students with gross parental/family income up to Rs. 4.5 lakh per annum are eligible for scholarships under the scheme. An income certificate will be required only for fresh applicants;
Students changing his/ her college/institute of study will be allowed to continue/renew the scholarship provided the course of study and the institution has having valid AISHE Code; The AISHE code can be checked in the portal https://aishe.gov.in/aishe/aisheCode
Students who failed to apply for renewal of application online on NSP will be allowed to apply for renewal of scholarship for a subsequent year on NSP if he/she fulfills the eligibility conditions for renewal;
For renewal of scholarship in each year of study, besides getting at least 50% marks in the Annual Examination, maintenance of adequate attendance of at least 75%, will also be the criteria.
Complaints against the student regarding any disciplined or criminal behaviour including any complaints of having indulged in ragging, will lead to forfeiture of scholarship;
Beneficiaries/ Applicants under the scheme must apply online in the National Scholarships Portal (www.scholarships.gov.in) for the fresh/ renewal scholarships.
Fresh/Renewal applications sent directly to the Ministry of Education shall not be accepted.
Students belonging to reserved categories/weaker sections /minorities etc. are eligible to get the benefit of reservation on the basis of merit, subject to Central Reservation Policy [i.e. 15% of seats are earmarked for SCs, 7.5% for STs and 27 % for OBCs and 5% horizontal reservation for Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) in all the categories]. The Central Reservation Policy will be applicable in filling the slots against each
year’s target. If slots under a specific group is not filled after considering all the States/UTs, the vacant slots will be allocated to other categories so that a maximum number of eligible students can get the benefit, subject to the overall ceiling of slots.
Procedure for Application
The applications are received online only.
Verification of credentials of the students like caste, educational qualifications, etc. are done through the DIGILOCKER facility of the MeITY, Govt. of India.
National Scholarships Portal (NSP) will provide the timelines for opening & closing the portal.
The Guidelines for the application, verification, selection, and disbursement of scholarships will be as per the NSP.
A selection list would be generated/displayed on NSP.
Online applications will be verified at two levels i.e. by the Institute, where the student is studying, and thereafter by the concerned State Higher Education.
Department or any other Agency/ Official nominated by the State as a State Nodal Agency (both for fresh and renewal applicants).
Latest guidelines on Timelines will be made available on NSP.
Students will not be permanently debarred for scholarships due to delays in renewal or verification. However, students will have to submit renewal applications within a cut-off date. Renewal for that year will not be allowed if an applicant misses this deadline.
Rate and Duration of Scholarship
The rate of scholarship is Rs.12,000/-per annum at the Graduation level for the first three years of College and University courses and Rs.20,000/-per annum at the graduation level.
Students pursuing professional courses, in case, where the duration of the course is five (5) years/Integrated course will get Rs. 20,000/-per annum in the 4th and 5th year.
However, students pursuing technical courses such as B.Tech, B.Engg. will get scholarships up to graduation level only i.e. Rs. 12,000 p.a. for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year and Rs. 20,000 in the 4th year.
Note: The rate of scholarship is Rs.10,000/-per annum for the first three years of fresh/ renewal scholarships with respect to the academic year 2021-22, even if the actual release happens in FY 2022-23.
Payment of Scholarship
Students are required to have bank accounts opened, especially, in their name to avail of the benefits under the scheme.
The scholarship will be disbursed directly into the savings bank accounts of the beneficiaries through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mode.
The student can track their payment status from the template “Know Your Payment” in the Public Financial Management System (PFMS) portal
[ https://pfms.nic.in/Users/LoginDetails/Login.aspx] either by indicating an Aadhaar number bank account number or NSP Application ID.
The last date for the application is October 31, 2023.
Colleges and Universities will apprise the students about the “PM-USP CSSS” during admission. Aadhaar-based authentication of Institute Nodal Officer (INO)/ State Nodal Officer (SNO) is mandatory for every Institution/State before verification of the applications. INO/SNO should be a regular employee.
For State Government/State Boards
Adequate publicity of the scheme may be initiated through the Schools/ Colleges/ Institutions to create awareness and to facilitate/ assist the applicants in rural areas to apply for scholarships online on NSP.
In case of any grievances/complaints regarding the above scheme, the same may be
registered to the following link:
http://pgportal.gov.in/grievancenew.aspx other than to the Nodal Officer whose email is available on the NSP portal
National Scholarship Division
Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education,
West Block 1, 2nd Floor, Wing 6, Room No. 6,
R. K. Puram, Sector 1, New Delhi 110066.
Tele: 011- 20862360
E-mail: [email protected]
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What is the Pradhan Mantri Scholarship | Uchchatar Shiksha Protsahan Yojana Scholarship?
The Pradhan Mantri Scholarship | Uchchatar Shiksha Protsahan Yojana Scholarship (PM-USP) is a government scholarship scheme that provides financial assistance to meritorious students from poor families to pursue higher education. The scholarship amount is upto Rs. 20,000 per year.
What are the benefits of the Pradhan Mantri Scholarship?
The Pradhan Mantri Scholarship provides the following benefits to students:
Financial assistance of up to Rs. 20,000 per year to meet the cost of education and other expenses.
Access to quality education at reputed institutions.
Enhanced career prospects.
What is the deadline to apply for the Pradhan Mantri Scholarship?
The deadline to apply for the Pradhan Mantri Scholarship is October 31, 2023.
What is the selection process for the Pradhan Mantri Scholarship?
The selection of students for the Pradhan Mantri Scholarship is based on their merit and family income. Students are selected on the basis of their Class 12th marks and family income.