Ramakanta Biswas

The Union Education Ministry has announced a further extension of the last date for submission of applications for the National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme (NMMSS) for 2022-2023. The deadline was supposed to end on November 15. 

Under the NMMSS, scholarships are awarded to meritorious students of economically weaker sections to arrest their drop out at class VIII and encourage them to continue their education at the secondary stage.

Students can register for the scholarship by visiting the National Scholarship Portal (NSP) –www.scholarships.gov.in till November 30, 2022.  

As per the Education Ministry, one lakh fresh scholarships are awarded to selected students from class IX every year and their continuation/renewal in classes X to XII for students studying in State Government, Government-aided and local body schools. The amount of the scholarship is Rs 12000/- per annum.

“The National Means cum Merit Scholarship Scheme (NMMSS) is boarded on the National Scholarship Portal (NSP) - a one-stop platform for scholarship schemes given to students. NMMSS scholarships are disbursed directly into the bank accounts of selected students by electronic transfer through Public Financial Management System (PFMS) following DBT mode. This is a Central Sector Scheme,” the Ministry said. 

Students whose parental income from all sources is not more than Rs 3,50,000 per annum are eligible to avail the scholarships. The students must have minimum of 55% marks or equivalent grade in Class VII examination for appearing in the selection test for award of scholarship (relaxable by 5% for SC/ST students).