UGC introduces monthly PG scholarship for university UG rank holders

The Higher Education has had played a very vital role in the history of nation building all over the world. It is amply clear that no rise in general standards of living and culture is possible without strengthening the higher education system in the country.

The UGC has therefore introduced a Post-Graduate Merit Scholarship Scheme for University undergraduate rank holders as there is an urgent need to bring in talented boys and girls in the field of Post-Graduate education by way of providing them good incentives in the form of scholarships.

The scholarship may be tenable for a period of two years to enable the rank holders of each university at undergraduate level to pursue their Master’s Degree. All universities/degree awarding institutions would be required to issue rank certificates to the toppers of the university in B.A., B.Sc., and B.Com.

The  purpose of this scheme is to attract talent for pursuing post graduate studies besides strengthening  the  basic subjects at Undergraduate  level. The awardees, under this scheme, can pursue their Postgraduate programme in any area of specialization in any institution of higher learning in the country.

The First and Second Rank holders at undergraduate level and admitted in any Postgraduate Course would be awarded the scholarship.  The students will have to submit the proof of their merit position at undergraduate level as well as their admission in postgraduate courses.

The scholarship would, however, be subjected to securing a minimum of sixty percent marks at undergraduate level.

The scheme is applicable to such students who have taken admission in regular, full-time Master’s Degree course in any recognized university, deemed university, private university, autonomous college or a post graduate college.

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Eligibility Criteria:

The scholarship is available to the student for first PG Degree only. Age limit for the students is 30 years at the time of admission in PG course.

Note: Distance mode of education will not be considered under the scheme.

PROCEDURE FOR APPLYING FOR THE SCHEME:

Applications will be invited once in a year on the National Scholarship Portal of the Government of India.  Short notification will also be uploaded on the UGC website.

Incomplete applications will be summarily rejected. Only verified online applications will be considered for award of scholarship.

It may be noted here that the concerned University/ Institute should verify that the applicant is a first or second rank holder out of the specified total number of students who appeared in the examination at the undergraduate level as specified in the guidelines.

DISBURSAL OF SCHOLARSHIP:

After selection, the awardees will be paid scholarship on DBT mode. The list of awardees will be pushed to Public Financial Management System (PFMS) by the NIC. PFMS will generate payment files of the awardees and scholarship would be paid for the complete duration of the post graduate course. Payments will be generated on annual basis.

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NATURE OF ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE UNDER THE SCHEME:

Amount of fellowship:  Rs 3,100 p.m. for a period of two years only i.e. full duration of a PG course. No other additional grant will be payable in lieu of hostel charges and medical charges etc. The student who is awarded Post-Graduate Scholarship for University Rank Holders will not be debarred from accepting any other scholarships.

CANCELLATION OF SCHOLARSHIP: Scholarship of a student may be cancelled in any of the following cases:

(a) Misconduct of the awardee, if any, reported by the University/ Institution.

(b) Unsatisfactory progress report (i.e. if the candidate scores less than 60% marks in the first year of Master’s programme.

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