National Fellowship & Scholarship for Higher Education of ST Students
At present two Central Sector Scholarship schemes of Rajiv Gandhi National
Fellowship (RGNF) for ST students and Top Class Education for ST Students are
implemented by this Ministry to provide financial assistance for pursuing higher
education of ST students.The Top Class Education for ST Students is intended to encourage meritorious
ST students to pursue courses at Graduate/Post Graduate level in identified Institutions
of excellence, Government and Private, in professional fields such as Management,
Medicine, Engineering, Information Technology, Law, Commercial Pilot License
The objective of the scheme is to encourage the ST students, a section of
society with the low
est literacy levels in the country, to acquire the higher education in
the form of
(a) fellowships to pursue M. Phil and Ph. D. Courses, with a view to create a
pool among them qualified to hold posts of teachers /professionals and other higher
stages of employment
(b) pursue Graduate and Post Graduate studies with scholarship in Top Class Institutions of National repute.
The Fellowship/ Scholarship will be available only to the ST candidates who fulfill
the following conditions for the award:
(i) The candidate belonging to ST should have passed the Post-Graduation examination for being eligible for the Fellowship. The candidate should get admission and registration for regular and full time M.Phil/Ph.D Courses in
University / Academic Institutions recognized by UGC under Section 2 (f) of the UGC Act / ICAR by fulfilling conditions of admission of that University/Instituion.
(iii) The ST students once considered eligible for the Fellowship shall not be entitled for any other scholarship of the Centre or State Government the same study.
(iv) The fellowship shall be payable once the student has secured admission and started the research work.
(v) In order to qualify for Senior Research Fellowship a candidate will have to fulfill the UGC/ICAR norms prescribed in this regard.
(i) ST students who have secured admission in the notified Institutions according
to the norms prescribed by the respective Institutions will be eligible for the
scholarship under the scheme.
(ii) The total family income of the candidate to be eligible for this scholarship from
all sources should not exceed Rs.4.50 lakh per annum.
(iii) The scholarship will become payable immediately after a student has
secured admission and has started attending the classes.
(iv) The scholarship awarded, will continue till the completion of the course,
subject to satisfactory performance of the student.
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