The last date for the submission of applications for the National Means cum Merit Scholarship Scheme for the academic year 2023-24 has been extended until January 31, 2024.
Scholarships for Encouraging Continued Education
The NMMSS is designed to award scholarships to meritorious students from economically weaker sections, with the aim of preventing dropouts at class VIII and encouraging them to pursue education at the secondary stage.
Fresh Scholarships for Class IX Students
Every year, one lakh fresh scholarships are awarded to selected students from class IX. Additionally, students can continue to receive scholarships through renewal in classes X to XII, provided they are studying in state government, government-aided, or local body schools.
Scholarship Amount: Rs 12,000 per Annum
The scholarship amount under NMMSS is Rs 12,000 per annum. This financial support is directed towards easing the educational expenses of the deserving students.
Application Process on National Scholarship Portal (NSP)
The NMMSS is integrated into the National Scholarship Portal (NSP), a comprehensive platform for various scholarship schemes. The application process and management of NMMSS scholarships are streamlined through NSP.
Direct Disbursement through PFMS
Scholarships under NMMSS are disbursed directly into the bank accounts of selected students through electronic transfer. The disbursement is facilitated through the Public Financial Management System (PFMS) following the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mode. This initiative is part of the Central Sector Scheme, as communicated by the Education Ministry.
To be eligible for NMMSS scholarships, students must meet specific criteria:
- Parental income not exceeding Rs 3,50,000 per annum from all sources.
- Minimum of 55% marks or equivalent grade in Class VII examination, with a 5% relaxation for SC/ST students.
Two Levels of Verification
The verification process involves two levels:
- L1 (Institute Nodal Officer): The last date for L1 verification is January 15, 2024.
- L2 (District Nodal Officer): The last date for L2 verification is January 30, 2024.
These verifications ensure the authenticity and accuracy of the scholarship applications, providing a robust mechanism to identify and support deserving students.
Prospective applicants are encouraged to take advantage of the extended deadline and submit their applications for the NMMSS scholarships, contributing to the promotion of education among economically disadvantaged but meritorious students.
Who is eligible for the NMMSS scholarship?
Students with a parental income not exceeding Rs 3,50,000 per annum from all sources are eligible. They must also have a minimum of 55% marks in Class VII exams (with a 5% relaxation for SC/ST students).
How much is the scholarship amount under NMMSS?
The scholarship amount is Rs 12,000 per annum.
How are NMMSS scholarships disbursed?
Scholarships are disbursed directly into the bank accounts of selected students through electronic transfer via the Public Financial Management System (PFMS).
What is the last date for application submission?
The extended deadline for submitting NMMSS applications for the academic year 2023-24 is December 31, 2023.
What are the verification levels in the application process?
There are two verification levels: L1 (Institute Nodal Officer) and L2 (District Nodal Officer). The last date for L1 verification is January 15, 2024, and for L2 verification, it is January 30, 2024.
In conclusion, the National Means cum Merit Scholarship Scheme plays a crucial role in supporting meritorious students from economically weaker sections, encouraging them to pursue education beyond class VIII.
With an extended application deadline until December 31, 2023, and scholarships disbursed directly through PFMS, NMMSS aims to contribute to the educational empowerment of deserving students.
The eligibility criteria, integrated application process on the National Scholarship Portal, and two-level verification ensure transparency and fairness in awarding scholarships. Aspiring students are urged to take advantage of this opportunity and submit their applications, contributing to the broader goal of fostering education among those facing financial constraints.