Need Financial Assistance for Education? Check these 5 Government Scholarship Schemes.

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The government of India runs numerous scholarships with an objective to make education accessible for all the students out there. The central, as well as state governments, offers different scholarships to cover almost every student in the country regardless of their caste, creed or the class to which they belong.

According to a recent report by Institute for Policy Research Studies (PRS), New Delhi, the percentage of students enrolled in class 10 is 77% whereas the percentage of students enrolled in class is 11 just 52%. This clearly shows the dropouts from class 10 to class 11. The major reason behind this is the increased education cost. Hence, scholarships are essential in our nation. It brings awareness about education and also helps in the overall development of a student.

There are primarily two categories of scholarships namely- central government-funded scholarships and state government-funded scholarships. Government of India sponsors the central government-funded scholarships and they are disbursed by different states, whereas the state government-funded scholarships are disbursed by the respective state’s government. 

Below we have described some of the scholarships to fund your education:

1. Central Sector Scheme of Scholarship for College and University Students

If you are a meritorious student and your family’s annual income is less than INR 6 Lakh, then you are eligible to avail this scholarship. This scholarship will provide financial assistance to cover a portion of your daily expenses. 

Total No. of Scholarships: 41,000 for boys and 41,000 for girls 
Eligibility: Above 80% in Class 12 or Any Course except Diploma
Amount: INR 10,000 for first 3 years of College and INR 20,000 after 3 years

2. All India Council for Technical Education Scholarship- Pragati 

This scheme comes under the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and is implemented by AICTE. This scheme is there to provide assistance for girls who want to pursue a technical course. The family’s income should not be greater than INR 8 Lakhs. 

Total No. of Scholarships: 2,000 for Degree Courses and 2,000 for Diploma 
Eligibility: A family with 2 girl child is eligible. 
Amount:  INR 30,000 and INR 2,000 per month for 10 months.

3. All India Council for Technical Education Scholarship- Saksham Scholarship for Specially-Abled

This scholarship also comes under MHRD. Specially-abled students who want to pursue a technical course are eligible for this. The family’s income should not be greater than INR 8 Lakhs. 
Total No. of Scholarships: 500 for Degree Courses and 500 for Diploma 
Eligibility: Students with disability not less than 40%

4. Sports Scholarships- Sports Authority of India

This scholarship basically recognizes the achievements of young sports stars and their outstanding performances at various levels. The selection will purely be based on merit. 

Eligible Sporting Disciplines: 

Football Athletics Cycling
Handball Weight Lifting Badminton
Gymnastics Hockey Kabaddi
Table Tennis Volleyball Wrestling
Judo  Kho-Kho Tennis
Boxing Archery Basketball

Some of the other sporting disciplines are also eligible and that depends upon the merit.

Total No. of Scholarships: 150 per state and 100 per Union Territory
Eligibility: Age of the applicant should not be more than 18 years on the first day of the competition for which the scholarship is applied. 
Amount: INR 6,600 per annum and INR 8,400 for National Level

5. Post Matric Scholarship Scheme for Minorities

The meritorious students who belong to the economically weaker section of the minority community in the society are eligible for this scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to those students who study in a government or private higher secondary school/college/university. Various technical and vocational courses will also be covered under this. The family’s income should not be greater than INR 2 Lakhs. 

Eligibility: Minimum 50% marks or equivalent grades
Minorities: Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Jain, and Zoroastrians (Parsis)

So, now you can easily fulfill your dream to pursue higher education with the help of these scholarships provided by the government.