Minority community students can apply by Aug 31

Bhopal, August 27, 2010 (Ataullah Faizan): Matric, post-matric and merit-cum-means scholarships are being given to meritorious students belonging to minority communities by the Minorities and Backward Class Welfare Department. Commissioner Minorities Welfare Mr Raghuveer Shrivastava in a letter to district collectors has instructed them to send the applications for scholarships to the Minorities and Backward Class Directorate positively by August 31 so that eligible students can be benefited timely. An I.T. cell has been constituted in the Directorate with a view to simplifying the scholarship process. Online facility has also been given to students on the web portal http://bcwelfare.mp.nic.in/. Information about the scholarships can also be obtained from telephone number 0755-2551514 during the office hours.

The benefit of these scholarships is being extended to the students belonging to Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, Sikh and Parsi communities. The merit-cum-means scheme has been started in the state since the year 2007-08. Under this scheme, those minority community students are eligible who have secured more than 50 per cent marks and their parents’ income is up to Rs 2.50 lakh per annum. The scholarships are provided to minority community students pursuing higher, professional and technical education. Last year, 615 students were provided scholarships worth Rs 1.50 crore. This year, application forms for new scholarship or renewal can be submitted to the Directorate after certification from the schools concerned.

The benefit of post-matric scholarships is being given to the students studying in classes XI and XII. The benefit of this scheme will be given to the students whose parents’ yearly income is not more than Rs two lakh. Last year, 3107 minority community students were provided scholarships to the tune of Rs 1.10 crore.

The pre-matric scholarships are provided to minority community students studying in class 1 to X. These scholarships are provided to students whose parents’ income is not more than Rs one lakh per annum. Rs two crore 80 lakh worth scholarships were provided last year to 17 thousand 690 minority community students.


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