Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment Announces Top Class Education Scheme for SC Students

The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, has introduced the Top Class Education Scheme for SC Students. This scheme aims to recognize and promote quality education among students belonging to Scheduled Castes (SC) by providing financial support. The scheme will cover SC students pursuing studies beyond the 12th class.

The scheme will operate in all institutions notified by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment for the fiscal years 2023-24 to 2025-26. Once awarded, the scholarship will continue until the completion of the course, subject to satisfactory performance by the student.

To be eligible for the scholarship, SC students must have a total annual family income from all sources up to Rs. 8.00 lakh and have secured admission in a full-time prescribed course in any of the notified institutions. The selection criteria will be based on the general selection criteria prescribed by the concerned institution.

In case the number of eligible students admitted exceeds the number of slots allotted to the institution, the scholarship will be restricted to the top students in the inter-se merit list based on the admission criteria for the course. Preference will be given to students with lower family income in case of equal marks for the last available slot.

Fresh scholarships will only be awarded to 1st year students. Students in 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year will not be eligible for a fresh scholarship. Thirty percent of the slots allotted to the institution will be reserved for eligible SC girl students, and if there is a shortage of girl students, the slots may be transferred to eligible boy students.

It is important to note that the benefit of the scheme will not be provided to more than 2 siblings in a family. If a student fails to get promoted to the next semester/class, the scholarship will be terminated, but it will be released automatically once the student is promoted to the next class.

Students who change their institute/college after getting selected under the scheme will have their scholarship discontinued and will not be eligible for further scholarships under this scheme.

Last date to apply 31 December 2023

For full details and guidelines, please download the Top Class Education Scheme guidelines.

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