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Scholarships Alert for individuals with Disabilities

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M Ahmad
Recognizing that the Individuals with Disabilities constitute a valuable human resource for the Society and that a majority of such persons can lead a better quality of life if they are provided equal opportunities and effective access to rehabilitation measures and to cater to the academic needs.
The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities in the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment Government of India, University Grants Commission, AICTE, NHFDC, facilitates a number of schemes and scholarships for students with disability.
Pre-matric Scholarship
The aim of this scholarship is to provide financial support to disabled and other students from class Ist to complete their Class 10th education and pursue professional/ technical education afterwards. Its is an online process on NPS Portal.
Post-matric Scholarship
This is yet another significant scholarship scheme introduced by the Government of India to serve the objective of providing scholarships for students to study further in after class 10th to graduation in order to earn their livelihood and find a dignified place for themselves within the society.
Higher Education Scholarship
The scheme is introduced by the Government of India with an objective to recognize and promote quality education among students with disability and allow them to pursue post-graduation courses.
National Overseas Scholarship
The scheme provides financial assistance to the students with disabilities to pursue Master’s Degree and Ph D in other Countires in some specified fields of study.
National Fellowship Scholarship
The scheme provides financial assistance to the students with disabilities to pursue Ph D in Indian universities.
Free Coaching Scholarship
The scheme is designed to provide free coaching to the students with disabilities to prepare for competitive examinations courses like NEET, IIT-JEE, CAT etc. the coaching is provided by the Government run Institutions or through the coaching institutes for which funds are released by the Government.
AICTE Scholarship
All India Council for Technical Education under MHRD scheme is providing scholarships for students with disability to physically challenged. Students starting diploma/degree level technical course at an AICTE approved institution are eligible for this scholarship.
NHFDC Schemes
Various financial schemes are introduced by National Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation (NHFDC), which aims at enabling differently-abled students to pursue a technical or professional course from recognized institutes and get employed/self-employed or purchase assistive tools for support. Financial assistance is also provided to the professional candidates with disabilities.
(The author is Principal (I/C), Abhedananda Home-Hifger Secondary Institution for Specially-abled Children, Solina, Rambagh)


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