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“Aikyashree” – West Bengal Scholarships for Minority Students

State Government has decided to set up the “Aikyashree” – West Bengal State Scholarships for Minority Students with a view to providing them more avenues for socio-economic and educational mobility by extending financial support and encouragement to the meritorious students.

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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 Scholarship Class of Study Day Scholars Hosteller
Admission fee & tuition fee Maintenance Allowance Total Admission fee & tuition fee Maintenance Allowance Total
1 Pre Matric I to V 0 1100 1100 0 0 0
VI to X 4400 1100 5500 4400 6600 11000
2 Post Matric XI & XII 7700 2500 10200 7700 4200 11900
XI & XII 11000 2500 13500 11000 4200 15200
3 Post Matric (technical & vocational courses of this level) Undergraduate & Post Graduate 3300 3300 6600 3300 6300 9600
M.Phil 3300 6000 9300 3300 13200 16500
4 Merit-cum-Means Medical Engineering, Management, Law, CA etc. courses 22000 5500 27500 22000 11000 33000

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:

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