Pre Matric and Post Matric Scholarship for Minority Communities

The Ministry of Minority Affairs implements Pre-Matric and Post-Matric Scholarship Schemes for the educational empowerment of students belonging to economically weaker section of the six notified minority communities i.e. Buddhist, Christian, Jain, Muslim, Parsi and Sikh in all States/UTs across the country. Since 2014-15, more than 5.1 crore* scholarships have been provided through National Scholarship Portal (NSP) and Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) out of which more than 52% beneficiaries are female.

The details of budget allocated and released for the last 3 years under the above mentioned schemes are as under:-


Year Budget Allocated (In ₹ Crore) Amount Released

 (In ₹ Crore)


to 2020-21

5253.31 5123.04


The details of number of verified applications received from States/UTs and sanctioned by the Ministry of Minority Affairs under the above mentioned schemes are as under:-


Year Number of verified applications Number of Applications Sanctioned

to 2020-21**

2,53,77,535 1,85,79,345

**   Disbursement of Scholarships for 2020-21 continues in 2021-22.


*The figure also includes the beneficiaries who would avail the scholarship for the year 2021-22 for which the budget has been allocated.

This information was given by the Union Minister for Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.

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