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Scholarships for the single girl child

Dr B Krishnamurthy

To reduce the number of female student dropouts from schools, particularly in higher education, the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, has started an encouraging scheme by sanctioning scholarships.

The scholarship is ideal for families that have adopted the small-family norms of a single child, particularly a girl child.  The scholarship will compensate for educational costs, particularly at the higher education level.

The government has already introduced fee waivers to the single child of a family from Class 6 to 12.  In addition, the candidate is entitled to a monthly scholarship for completion of her degree course. Further, female students who successfully complete an undergraduate programme will be awarded a scholarship for higher education too. These scholarships will be sanctioned by the University Grants Commission.

Undergraduate courses
At the UG level, scholarships will be awarded to those girls, who have completed Class 10 under the CBSE board. The scholarship will cover the expenses for Class 11 and 12. The scholarship is also extended to degree courses selected by the candidate, irrespective of whether it is a professional or non-professional course.


This is however, only extended if the students successfully completes Class 12. The procedure to apply for the scholarship is very simple.  The eligible candidate can download the prescribed application form from the CBSE website and fill up all the contents properly.

The principal of the college must certify that the candidate is regular to class and has a good conduct. The student must enclose an affidavit of her parents, sworn before a First Class Judicial Magistrate/SDM/Executive Magistrate that carries a non-judicial stamp paper, stating that she is the only daughter in the family and that they have no other children.

This document need not be sent every year for application of scholarship. Once the scholarship is sanctioned under the scheme, the next year, it will continue as a renewal application. The format for the affidavit and the application form can be downloaded from the CBSE website. At the time of applying for the scholarship and renewal, the previous year’s attested copies of mark sheets (Class 10 and Class 12 ) must be sent across too.

Scholarship amount

The amount of scholarship differs from course to course. For Class 11 and 12, the scholarship amount is Rs 500 per month. For undergraduate courses, it is Rs 550 a month. For professional courses selected through AIPMT/AIEEE, the scholarship amount is Rs 1000 a month, for all four years.

There is no limit on the number of scholarships that are awarded to students in Class 11 and 12 every year. However, the number is limited to 550 for undergraduate courses, 150 for medicine, and 350 for technical courses.

The sanctioned scholarship amount is directly credited to the candidate’s bank account as mentioned in the application form.  The sanction letter is posted to the candidate’s address and names are published in the CBSE website every year.
The last date for submission of application forms for the academic year 2011-12, is October 30, 2011.

The application form is different for each course. The candidate may download the concerned application form as follows:
*For Class 11 — Form F1
*For Class 12 — Form F2  
*For UG — form F4
*For medicine — Form F6 nFor technical course — form F8

As professional courses like medicine are four years long, candidates applying have to submit a renewal application and enclose the previous year’s marks sheet.
The completed application form duly signed by the candidate and certified by the principal of the concerned college may be sent to the ‘Section Officer (Scholarship) CBSE’, Shikshana Kendra, 2, Community Centre, Preet Vihar, New Delhi—110092.

The envelope should carry the title ‘Application For Merit Scholarship For SGC’ (mention the class/course and form number) 2011. For more details, visit www.cbse.nic.in.

Postgraduate courses

Scholarships for single female students are awarded by the University Grants Commission of India (UGC). These scholarships are available for non-professional, postgraduate courses only.  Scholarships will be given to candidates who have been admitted to a Master’s degree programme that is recognised by the UGC. The candidate’s age should not exceed 30 years at the time of admission.

The amount of scholarship is Rs 2,000 a month and payable for two years (10 months every year). For this, the candidate must submit an affidavit stating that she is the only girl child in her family.

The number of such scholarships is limited to 1200 a year. Scholarships awarded under this category will not affect any other benefit that the student is drawing from other sources. The scholarship is applicable to regular students and not external candidates.

The scholarship is called the Indira Gandhi Scholarship, because she was the country’s first woman prime minister who was a single girl child herself. Applications for the scholarships are invited in the month of August/September every year. For more details, visit www.ugc.ac.in

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