APPLICATIONS FROM STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES INVITED FOR SCHOLARSHIPS

Panaji, July 11, 2014 … National Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation (NHFDC) for and on behalf of Department of Disability Affairs, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India, invites applications from Students with Disabilities for award of Scholarship under the following two scholarship schemes:-

Scholarship Scheme (Trust Fund):Under this scheme, 2000 Scholarships will be awarded to eligible students with disabilities for degree and post graduate level professional and technical courses from recognized institutions in India.Reimbursement of Non-refundable fees restricted to the limit of fee of similar courses in Government/Government –aided institutions.

Maintenance allowance will be paid to the students for 10 months @ Rs.2500/- per months for Professional Graduate courses and Rs. 3000/- per month for professional Post-Graduate Courses in one academic year.Books/Stationary allowance will be paid to students pursuing Professional Graduate Courses @ Rs. 6000/- per annum and Rs. 10,000/- per annum for pursuing Professional Post/Graduate Courses.

Differently abled students in addition will be provided financial assistance for purchase of aids & appliances (only once during lifetime)Monthly income of the beneficiary/parent or guardian should not be more than Rs. 25,000/- (Rs.3.00 Lakh p.a) from all sources. Family income includes income of parent/guardian and aScholarship holder under this scheme will not avail any other scholarship/stipend for pursuing the course.

Scholarship Scheme (National Fund):Under this scheme, 500 Scholarship will be awarded to eligible students with disabilities for pursuing higher academic/professional or technical qualification.Scholarship of Rs. 1000/- p.m. for hostellers and Rs. 700/-p.m. for day scholar studying in professional’s course at graduation and above level, and Rs. 700/-p.m. for hostellers and Rs.400/- p.m. for day scholars pursuing Diploma/Certificate level professional courses.

Course fee reimbursed upto ceiling of Rs. 10,000/- per year.Financial assistance can be given for computer with editing software for blind/deaf graduate and post graduate students pursuing professional courses and for support access software for celebral palsy students.Monthly income of the beneficiary/parent or guardian should not be more than Rs. 15,000/- (Rs.1.80 lakhs p.a) from all sources.

Family income includes income of parent/guardian and Scholarship holder under this scheme will not concurrently hold any other scholarship/stipend.

Interested students may apply for both the schemes, online at NHFDC’s website (www.nhfdc.nic) and submit hard copy of the application along with requisite documents on or before August 31, 2014.

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