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“Aikyashree” – West Bengal Scholarships for Minority Students

GOVERNMENT OF WEST BENGAL
Minority Affairs & Madrasha Education Department
Nabanna
325, Sarat Chatterjee Road, Howrah – 711102

No. 1203-MD Dated: 20.06.2019

NOTIFICATION

The undersigned is directed by the order of the Governor to say that the Governor is pleased to start “Aikyashree-West Bengal State Scholarship Scheme for Minority Students” from the financial year 2019-20 onwards, to be funded entirely from the State Budget, and to formulate its guidelines as follows:

GUIDELINES FOR “AIKYASHREE” – WEST BENGAL STATE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MINORITY STUDENTS

1. INTRODUCTION:

To address the growing aspiration for education in the minority communities of the state and with a view to providing them more avenues for socio-economic and educational mobility by extending financial support and encouragement to the meritorious students belonging to the minority communities, the State Government has decided to set up the “Aikyashree” – West Bengal State Scholarships for Minority Students in West Bengal to be fully funded from the State budget from the financial year 2019-20 onwards.

2. TYPES OF SCHOLARSHIP:

Three types of scholarships will be provided under this scheme :

• Pre-matric Scholarship (for meritorious students from Class-I to Class-X)
• Post-matric Scholarship (for meritorious students from Class-XI to Ph. D), and
• Merit-cum-Means Scholarships (for pursuing technical & professional courses).

3. OBJECTIVES:

The primary objective of the Pre-matric Scholarship is to encourage the minority communities to send their children to schools and to prevent drop-out.
The Post-matric scholarship intends to encourage students to continue their pursuit of higher education.
The objective of Merit-cum-Means scholarship for professional and technical courses is to support the students to pursue professional/ technical studies for consequently increasing their employability potential.

4. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

A. For Pre-matric Scholarship, and

B. Post-matric Scholarship

C. For Merit-cum-Means Scholarship

5. SELECTION PROCEDURE:

Scholarships will be provided to eligible students in order of merit and subject to the budgetary allocation provided by the State Government. For renewal, the applicant will be eligible for the scholarship if he/she has obtained 50% marks in his/her previous examination.

6. RATES OF SCHOLARSHIPS:

The proposed rates of scholarships are as follows:

Sl. No.Types of ScholarshipClass of StudyDay ScholarsHosteller
Admission fee & tuition feeMaintenance AllowanceTotalAdmission fee & tuition feeMaintenance AllowanceTotal
1Pre MatricI to V011001100000
VI to X4400110055004400660011000
2Post MatricXI & XII77002500102007700420011900
XI & XII1100025001350011000420015200
3Post Matric (technical & vocational courses of this level)Undergraduate & Post Graduate330033006600330063009600
M.Phil33006000930033001320016500
4Merit-cum-MeansMedical Engineering, Management, Law, CA etc. courses22000550027500220001100033000

Note:

  1. Admission and tuition fee are subject to actuals
  2. Hostellers include students not staying in hostel of the institute concerned but are staying as paying guest or on rent
  3. Maintenance allowance is payable for a period not exceeding 10 months in an academic year
  4. Full course fee may be reimbursed for the listed institutions

7. SANCTION PROCEDURE:

The applications will be received online through a portal designed for this purpose. The applications will be verified by the Nodal Teachers of the respective School.
The selection will be made as per the eligibility criteria and the disbursement will be made through Direct Bank Transfer.

8. NODAL ORGANISATION:

The West Bengal Minorities’ Development & Finance Corporation (WBMDFC) will be the Nodal Organization for this scheme.

9. CONDITIONS FOR SCHOLARSHIP:

This issues with the concurrence of Finance Department, Government of West Bengal vide their U.O. No.:0356 dated 03/06/2019.

By order of the Governor,

VIVEK KUMAR
Principal Secretary to the
Government of West Bengal

No. 1203-MD dated 20.06.2019

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