Ashoka University announces Merit-cum-Means Scholarship for Undergraduate students applying for Computer Science and the Sciences

25 scholarships, in addition to the need-based financial aid, will be available to candidates intending to major in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics or Computer Science


New Delhi : Ashoka University has announced its first-ever Merit-cum-Means Scholarship for exceptional Undergraduate students applying for the intake of 2022 and intending to major in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, or Computer Science. The university will award 25 scholarships in addition to the need-based financial aid available to all students. Out of these 25 students, 5 candidates will receive a waiver of 100% on Tuition and Residence, and the remaining 20 will receive a waiver of 100% on Tuition.


Candidates who are interested in applying should have received a confirmed offer of admission as per the existing holistic admissions process. Students are then screened for their eligibility to avail of this scholarship basis their academic Cut-Offs based on Class XII Board Marks or National Entrance Tests. The criteria required for the screening based on Class XII Board Marks will be a score of 98% and above for students from CBSE/ICSE board, or an IB score of 41/42, or those with Cambridge A*A*A grade. Applicants who have either scored 98 % and above in JEE mains, or possess a rank of 600 or higher in National Entrance Tests, or those with valid Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) scholarship received in the year 2021 are eligible for screening too.


Apart from the academic requirements, candidates with exceptional achievements or contributions in the field of pure sciences/ computer science, on a case by case basis may be invited to apply for the scholarship. Students applying for the scholarship are also required to have a family income of less than 40 Lacs p.a. (pre-tax) for Financial Year 2021-22 and Statement Of Purpose (SOP) for studying the intended Science major at Ashoka. There is no quota for each round of admission and scholarships will be distributed to deserving students on a first come first served basis in each of the 4 rounds of admission.


Shortlisted candidates based on the predefined eligibility criteria will receive an invitation to apply for the Merit Scholarship. Candidates are required to submit a form with a Statement Of Purpose (SOP) and the latest Income Tax Return of their parents/guardians. This application form will be open for 5 days. A scholarship committee will further evaluate the candidates based on the quality of their SOP and assessment of their family income. Some may also need to appear for a personal interview with the committee.


Speaking on the announcement, Prof. Malabika Sarkar, Vice-Chancellor, Ashoka University said “Our commitment to make world-class education accessible and affordable for students from all walks of life has so far touched the lives of over 3700 students at Ashoka University. In line with Ashoka’s ambitious agenda for Computer Science and the Sciences, we are delighted to announce our first ever Merit-cum-Means Scholarship for exceptional undergraduate students applying for Computer Science and the Sciences. The Merit-cum-Means Scholarship is meant to give exemplary students wanting a cutting-edge education in Computer Science and the Sciences a chance to join the university and further their academic ambitions.”


Based on their overall performance in the selection process, the successful candidates will receive either a 100% waiver on Tuition Fee or a 100% waiver on Tuition and Residence. Students who get the scholarship have to maintain a minimum CGPA of 3.5 each semester to be eligible to receive the scholarship for the next academic year.


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