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Government of India
Ministry of Tribal Affairs
26-November-2010 17:23 IST
National Overseas Scholarship for ST Students
The Ministry of Tribal Affairs implements a Central Sector Scheme of National Overseas Scholarship for Scheduled Tribes (ST) candidates. As per the provisions of the scheme, scholarship is provided to 15 ST students including 2 Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group (PTG) students per annum. The eligibility criteria under the scheme are as under:-

(i) The income from all sources of the employed candidates or his/her parents’/guardians’ should not exceed Rs. 25,000/- per month.

(ii) Age should be below 35 years.

(iii) The minimum qualification should be 1st class with 60% or equivalent grade in relevant Bachelors/Masters/Ph.D degree for pursuing study for the Master’s/Ph. D/Post Doctoral degrees respectively.

(iv) Scholarship is provided for higher studies in abroad for a total of 35 specific subjects/disciplines only.

(v) The scholarship is restricted to one child in a family and is a one-time award.

There is no provision under the scheme for allocation of awards state-wise. During the last three years (2007-08 to 2009-10) a total of 7 ST students were sent abroad for higher studies. Under the scheme a time limit of three years from the date of final selection is given to students for obtaining admission in foreign accredited universities.

The Ministry has, however, no proposal to cover the matric and graduate level studies under this scheme. The scheme is only for pursuing higher studies at the post graduate/doctoral/post-doctoral levels in specific subjects.

This information was given by Shri. Tushar A. Chaudhary, the Minister of State for Tribal Affairs, in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.