CENTRAL GOVT. SCHOLARSHIPS
National Merit Scholarship Scheme was
introduced by Department of Education in 1961-62. It was
available to brilliant but poor students from class XI to
Post-Graduation level. In addition, a Scheme of Scholarship at
the Secondary stage for talented children from rural areas was
also introduced by Department of Education in 1971-72. It was
available to talented but poor students from rural areas from
class VI to class XII. These two Schemes were merged and a
single Scheme, namely, the ‘National Merit Scholarship Scheme’
was established by Department of Education for implementation
from 2005-06. This was available to meritorious students from
class IX to Post-Graduation level.
However, since funds were not provided by the Planning Commission for the year 2007- 08, the Scheme has been discontinued w.e.f. 1.4.2007. School Education has come under a new Department, namely, Department of School Education & Literacy w.e.f. the year 2007-08. The Department of School Education and Literacy has introduced a new Scheme: ‘National Means-Cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme’. This Scheme will cover students from class IX to XII. The Department of Higher Education has introduced a new scheme for meritorious students from low income families going to colleges / universities for implementation during the XI Five Year Plan period with an approved outlay of Rs. 1000 crore. This is a Central sector scheme titled “ Central Sector Scheme of Scholarship for College and University Students”.
A question has arisen about the validity period of certificates issued to the candidates belonging to other backward classes for the purpose of reservation in services. The OBC certificate consists of two parts – first part indicates that the concerned person belongs to a community listed as OBC and the second part indicates that the candidate does not fall in the creamy layer. While the OBC status of a candidate may change only when the community of the concerned candidate is removed from the OBC list, his/her creamy layer status may change any time. In view of it, it is not possible to determine a fixed validity period for the OBC certificate.
2. Every candidate seeking reservation as OBC is required to submit a certificate regarding his/her ‘OBC status and non-creamy layer status’ issued by an authority mentioned in Department of Personnel and Training Office Memorandum No.36012/22/93-Estt.(SCT) dated 15.11.1993..
Ministry of Human Resources Development of Central Government has issued a form for scholarship renewal for the students of central government colleges and universities. The form is required to send to Ministry of HRD Department of higher Education, New Delhi.
- Creamy Layer Criteria and other Circulars
- Ministry of Social Justice web site
- Division of Welfare of Backward Classes
- National Commission for Backward Classes web site
- Creamy Layer on NCBC
- Perspective on Social Cohesion-Sr- Justice M. N. Rao
- NCBC ACT 1993
KARNATAKA HIGHCOURT JUDGEMENT
Ramakrishna Singh Ram Singh And ... vs State Of Mysore And Ors. on 18 September, 1959
......In supersession of Government Order No. ED 129 UNI 58, dated 26th July 1958 read above, it is ordered that reservation of seats in Technical and Professional Colleges and Institutions for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes be fixed at 20 per cent, and reservation of seats for other socially and educationally Backward Classes at 45 per cent and that the remaining 35 per cent of the seats shall be filled up on the basis of merit."