The Department of School Education and Literacy, under the Ministry of Education, has commenced the registration process for the National Merit cum Means Scholarship Scheme (NMMSS) for the year 2023-24. This scholarship program aims to provide support to economically disadvantaged students in classes 9 to 12, encouraging them to continue their education.
Simplifying Access Through Online Registration
To apply for the NMMSS, eligible students can visit the official website of the National Scholarship Portal (NSP) at scholarships.gov.in. The application deadline is November 30, ensuring that students have ample time to submit their applications.
Promoting Education and Generous Scholarships
The primary objective of this scholarship is to combat school dropouts, particularly in Class 8, by providing financial assistance that enables students to pursue their secondary education.Each year, the NMMSS awards one lakh fresh scholarships to selected students, starting from Class 9, and these scholarships continue through their studies in classes 10 to 12. The scholarship amount is a substantial Rs 12,000 per annum, providing crucial financial support to recipients.
The scholarship amount is directly transferred to the bank accounts of selected students through the Public Financial Management System (PFMS) using the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mode. This ensures a hassle-free and efficient disbursement process.
Eligibility Criteria and Application Process
Students with a parental income not exceeding Rs 3.50 lakh per annum are eligible for this scholarship. Applicants should have achieved a minimum of 55 per cent marks or equivalent grades in their Class 7 examinations to be eligible for the selection test. The eligibility criteria are more lenient for SC and ST students, with a 5 per cent relaxation.
The NSP application process involves two levels of verification. The first level is conducted at the institution/school level by the Institute Nodal Officer (INO) on December 15. The second level of verification takes place at the district level, led by the District Nodal Officer (DNO), scheduled for December 30.