Context:  Rajya Sabha has been informed by the Union Minister for Human Resource Development regarding National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme (NMMSS).

National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme (NMMSS)

ABOUT THE SCHEME It is a Central Sector Scheme which is implemented since 2008Objective: The major objective of the Scheme is to award scholarships to meritorious students of economically weaker sections to arrest their drop out at class VIII and encourage them to continue the study at secondary stage. Key Features: Under the Scheme 1,00,000 fresh scholarships of Rs.12000/- per annum per student are awarded to selected students of class IX every year and their continuation/renewal in classes X to XII for study in a State Government, Government-aided and Local body schools. BACKGROUND The scheme is a part of the National Scholarship Portal (NSP) since 2015-16. The NSP has been developed by Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) in order to streamline and fast track the release of Scholarships across Ministries / Departments with efficiency, transparency and reliability. The Scheme was evaluated by the National Institute of Planning and Administration (NIEPA). As per the evaluation study report, the scheme helped poor families in sending their meritorious children for secondary and senior secondary education and has therefore recommended for increasing the scholarship amount from Rs. 500/- to Rs. 1000/- per month for class IX and class X students and Rs. 1500/- per month for Class XI and XII students to make the scheme more attractive and effective. Accordingly, with the approval of Expenditure Finance Committee the rate of scholarship has been enhanced from Rs. 6000/- to Rs. 12000/- per annum with effect from 1st April, 2017

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