➡️ Minority Scholarship in India was started from the year 2006 when Prime Minister’s New 15 Point Programme for the Welfare of Minorities was announced. It stated that scholarship schemes for meritorious students from the minority communities would be implemented in India.
➡️ Minority scholarship is from pre matric to doctorate level and encourages parents from minority communities to send their children to school/colleges/universities whatsoever is applicable.
➡️ The minority scholarship grant is to reduce the financial burden on parents as well as the respective institution and sustain their efforts to support their children to complete education till the level they wish to.
The scholarship schemes will form the foundation for their educational attainment and provide a level playing field in the competitive employment arena.
➡️ Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Jains, and Zoroastrians (Parsis) have been notified as minority communities under Section 2 (c) of the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992. The distribution of scholarship among the States/Union Territories will be made on the basis of the population of minorities in the States/Union Territories of Census 2001.
How Many students availed the Minority Scholarship:
Total Students who have received the minority scholarship – As per Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Minority Affairs Minister, approximately 25.2 million students in past 4 years have availed the three scholarships – Pre-Matric, Post-Matric and Merit-cum-Means based scholarships. Out of the total students, 50% are girls.
➡️ In 2017-18: 600 million scholarships were provided under three schemes
Target of Scholarship until 2020 – Next target of Minority scholarship is 700 million scholarships and the expenditure is going to be Rs. 53.38 billion.
MOMA Pre-Matric Scholarship Scheme:
This minority scholarship is provided by Ministry of Minority Affairs provide financial aid to students from Class 1 to Class 10 who belong to the minority community and are from economically backward families Under Pre-Matric Scholarship Scheme. It covers two components i.e.course fee/ tuition fees and maintenance allowance and is directly credited to the bank account of the school. Ten months of maintenance allowance is also paid directly to students. Renewal is subjected to a minimum score of 50% in the previous examination.
Apart from renewal, every year 30 lakhs new scholarships are provided to the candidates whose family income is less than 1 lakhs per annum, a further 30% scholarship is only reserved for girls. The scholarship amount under MOMA Pre Matric Scholarship is Rs. 10,000-10,700 per annum.
Ministry is making efforts for Direct Benefit Transfer under Pre-Matric Scholarship scheme by linking with the parent’s account under “Jan Dhan Yojana” as the younger children in schools do not have a bank account.
MOMA Post Matric Scholarship scheme:
This minority scholarship is provided by Ministry of Minority Affairs provide financial aid to students from Class 11 (studying in government or private schools) up to Ph.D. level and who belong to the minority community and are from economically backward families. The full tuition fee of the course is covered and is directly credited to the bank account of the school/college/ university/institution. Ten months of maintenance allowance is also paid.
Under MOMA Post Matric Scholarship, every year, 5 lakhs fresh scholarships are distributed to the candidates whose family income is less than 2 lakh rupees per annum. 30% scholarship is also reserved for girls. The scholarship amount under this section is from Rs. 5000 to Rs. 16,000 per annum.
Renewal is not subjected to any terms and conditions. Online Scholarship Management was made operational for the post-matric scholarship since 2014-15.
MOMA Merit Cum Means Scholarships:
Merit Cum Means Scholarships is commonly known as MOMA Scholarship is awarded to meritorious minority community students for pursuing their undergraduate and postgraduate courses like Engineering/ Architecture/ MBBS/ Medical & Para Medical Courses/ Veterinary Sc. & Animal Husbandry/ CA/CS/ ICWA/ Fashion Technology/ Design/ Pharmacy/ Law/ Management/MCA.
Apart from renewal, every year, 60,000 fresh scholarships are awarded. 30% of the scholarship is reserved for girls. The scholarship amount is Rs. 20,000 per annum under MOMA Merit cum Means Scholarship. The scholarship scheme is managed online since 2010-11.
Source: Ministry of Minority Affairs