Pre-Matric Scholarship for ST Students


          The Ministry of Tribal Affairs has introduced a Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Pre-Matric Scholarship for ST students studying in classes IX&X w.e.f. 01-07-2012.  The Scheme aims at improving participation of ST children in classes IX and X of the Pre Matricstage, so that they perform better and have a better chance of progressing to the Post Matricstage of education. The rates of Scholarship are Rs.150/- per month for day scholars and Rs.350/- per month for hostellers, for a period of 10 months in a year and books and ad hoc grant of Rs.750/- per year for day scholars and Rs.1000/- per year for hostellers. Additional allowance for ST students with disabilities is also admissible to those students who are studying in private unaided recognized schools. The scholarship is, however, available to only those ST students who are not getting any other Centrally funded Pre-Matric Scholarship and whose parents’/guardian’s annual income does not exceed Rs.2.00 lakh.  The Scheme is implemented through the State Governments and UT Administrations who receive 100% Central Assistance over and above the committedliability of the State Governments/UT Administrations is available from the Government of India.


Details of Central Assistance released to State/UT-wise under the Scheme during 2012-13 (as on 31/01/2013) are as under:-


Sl. No. Name of the State

Central Assistance Released (Rs. in lakh)

1. Odisha


2. Jharkhand


3. Madhya Pradesh


4. Assam


5. Mizoram


6. Tripura





This information was given by the Minister of State for Tribal Affairs                 Smt. Ranee Narah in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.