Scholarship for students with disabilities
Kochi: The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities has invited applications for ‘Scholarship for Top Class Education for Students with Disabilities.' The Scheme aims at recognizing and promoting quality education amongst Students with Disabilities by providing full financial support. The scheme will cover Students with Disabilities (SwDs) for pursuing studies at the level of Post Graduate Degree or Diploma in any discipline.
Conditions of Eligibility
(a) A citizen of India,
(b) A person with disability having not less than 40% disability and having a disability certificate issued by any competent medical authority.
(c) Having selected and got admission in any of the notified institutions for pursuing a full-time course at the level of Post Graduate Degree/Diploma according to the norms prescribed by the respective institution. Scholarship under this scheme shall not be admissible for pursuing distancelearning/part-time/week-end courses under any stream.
(d) The candidate is not receiving any other scholarship under any scheme of the Government of India.
(e) Income Ceiling of parents/guardians: Total income from all sources of the candidate and/or his/her parents/guardians, shall not exceed Rs.6,00,000/- per annum, (excluding such allowances as are not treated as part of total income for the purpose of income tax). A copy of latest tax-assessment as well as latest monthly salary slip from the employer is also required to be enclosed with the application.
(f) Two children in a family - Not more than two disabled children of the same parents/guardians will be eligible and to this effect a self-certification will be required from the candidate. Provided, more than two children of the same parents can be allowed in case the second/third children are twins.
(g) One time award - The awardee cannot be considered for the award for second or subsequent times as the individual can be awarded only for once.
Quantum of Financial Assistance
The scholarship will include the following:
(a) Reimbursement of tuition fees and non-refundable charges paid/ payable to the Institution
(b) Maintenance Allowance
(c) Special Allowances (related to types of disabilities like reader allowance, escort allowance, helper allowance etc.)
(d) Books & Stationery
(e) Reimbursement of expenses for purchase of a computer with accessories.
(f) Reimbursement of expenses for purchase of Aids and Assistive Devices including necessary software related to the particular disability of the selected candidate.
Number of scholarships and Reservation
Number of scholarships to be sanctioned every year is 160 which 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 population of PwDs of that State/UT in comparison to the total PwD population of India as per the data of Census 2011.
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 Scholarship for Top Class Education for SwDs – 2015-16 number of eligible candidates is much more than the slots allocated to that State/UT.
50% of the total scholarships available each year shall be reserved for female candidates. However, in case adequate number of girl candidates are not available or not found eligible as per the terms and conditions of the scheme, the unutilised slots can be utilised by selecting suitable male candidates.
How to apply
Applications can be submitted through the National e-Scholarship Portal http://scholarships.gov.in/. The applicants should submit their application through the on-line system within the last date prescribed for receipt of applications. All requisite documents like photograph, proof of age, disability certificate, income certificate of the parent, etc. duly filled in the prescribed format will be required to be uploaded in the on-line system.
The Institute in which he/she is studying shall forward the application through the portal to the Education Department of the State Govt. concerned after doing the necessary verification of the facts contained in the application like age, date of birth, Disability certificate, recognition of the course, fees received etc. The State Education Dept. shall carry out necessary prudence check including recognition of the Institute concerned and forward the application with their recommendation to the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities.
Final selection will be done by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities based on the recommendations of the State Education Department considering, inter alia, the no. of slots available to that particular State.
For more details, visit http://scholarships.gov.in/