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Top scholarships for higher studies in India

Updated on March 29, 2016

Top scholarships for higher studies in India

Students are generally obsessed about getting scholarships for higher studies in foreign countries, but many are unaware of the fact that many scholarships are offered for high quality courses in India itself. In India, scholarships are offered by the government as well as private institutions/NGOs. Government scholarships are provided for university rank holders. Scholarships are also provided for female, SC/ST students and students from minority communities. State governments also provide scholarships to students from the respective states

Industrial houses like Reliance, TATA etc also offer scholarships for meritorious students. Some corporates offer scholarships for research and development at their own institutions. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of scores in respective state board/CBSE exams. Scores of JEE, XAT, MAT, GATE etc are also taken into account. Some institutions may also consider extracurricular, R&D and sports activities.

Scholarships given by Government:

UGC Scholarships: University Grants commission (UGC) offers scholarship schemes under various categories such as Female students, Single girl, SC/ST, minority etc. Below are some of the major scholarship schemes offered by UGC.

***Maulana Azad National Fellowship for Minority Students

** *Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship for SC Candidate

***Post Doctoral Fellowship to SC/ST Candidates

*** National Fellowship for OBC Candidate

*** National Fellowship for Higher Education of ST Students

NTSE: National Talent search examination is conducted each year. Students are offered merit certificates and scholarships through this examination. Students of any government or private school studying up to 12th standard may apply for the NTSE.

Post-matric Scholarship Scheme: Post-matric Scholarship Scheme is offered to students from the minority communities under the Prime minister’s 15-point programme each year

Apart from the above, government also provides financial support for students who clear major competitive exams like IAS/IPS (civil services). Rs 50,000 is provided as one time support to candidates from minority communities clearing IAS prelims each year.

Scholarships by Private entities/institutions:

J. N. Tata Endowment awards: This is a loan scholarship. Offered for postgraduate/Pd D studies in India as well as abroad. Scholarship offered irrespective of gender, caste or community. Amount awarded for scholarship varies between Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 6 lakh

Dhirubhai Ambani Scholarship: This scholarship from Reliance Group provides scholarships for meritorious students of standard XII to pursue higher education. Selection is based on merit list provided by state boards/CBSE board. More than 10,000 students have availed the Dhirubhai Ambani Scholarship in India

LPU scholarships: Lovely Professional University (LPU) offers scholarships for various programmes- After 10th, after 12th, after diploma etc

LPU has awarded more than 30000 students with scholarships worth Rs 300 cr in the last 5 years

K C Mahindra scholarships: Mahindra Scholarships are provided for students from disadvantaged sections of society. Students from Low income groups who wish to purse job-oriented Diploma course can avail this scholarship

Scholarships for engineering courses:

ONGC scholarships for SC/ST students: ONGC offers this scholarship for SC/ST students whose annual income does not exceed Rs 4.5 lakhs per annum. The selected students will be provided Rs 4000 per month for the course duration of 4 years.

IOCL Scholarship: A Merit-cum-means scholarship for students whose family income is less than Rs 1 lakh per annum. The selected students will be provided Rs 3000 per month for the course duration of 4 years.

IOCL offers scholarship for MBBS, MBA and ITI courses under the above scheme


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