Sunday, 3 September 2017

National Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation (NHFDC), for and on behalf of Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India, invites applications from Students with Disabilities for award of Scholarship Scheme (National Fund).
Under this scheme, 2500 National Scholarships will be awarded to eligible students with disabilities for pursuing higher academic/professional or technical qualification.
Every year 2500 scholarships will be provided to the differently-abled students throughout the country. 30% scholarships will be reserved for girls, which will be transferable to male students in case of non-availability of female candidates.
Applicant has to apply online (www.nhfdc.nic.in) for scholarship from 01.07.2013 to 31.08.2013 and scholarship shall be awarded once in a academic year under this scheme. Applicant has to submit hard copy of the application duly recommended by the head of the institution.

Rate of Scholarship and other benefits under the scheme:
4.1 The following benefits will be available under the scheme:-
 
(i) Non-refundable fees shall be fully awarded in case of Government/Government-aided institution. In case of private Institutes the reimbursement would be restricted to similar courses in Government/Government-aided institutions.
(ii) Maintenance allowance will be paid to the students for a period of 10 months only in one academic year at following rates.
 
 
Class/Course Maintenance allowance
(Rs. per month)
Book/Stationery allowance
(Rs. Per annum)
Professional Graduate Courses 2500/- 6000/-
Professional Post-Graduate courses 3000/- 10000/-
Visual,Hearing and Orthopaedically handicapped differently-abled students, in addition will be provided aids and appliances, only once during lifetime, as given below :
 
  Visually Handicapped
S.No. Appliance Estimated cost
(up to)
Remarks
1. Brailler / Brailler Typewriter Rs. 10,000 For blind
2. Laptop or Desktop with Screen reading software Rs. 40,000 For blind
3. Laptop or Desktop with Screen Magnification software Rs. 60,000 For low vision
Hearing Handicapped
S.No. Appliance Estimated cost
(up to)
1. Binaural digital programmable hearing aid with annual provision of button cells Rs 50,000 + Rs 3600 p.a.
2. Cell phone with SMS SIM card Rs 5,000
3. Laptop or Desktop with WiFi (Blue tooth) facility Rs 70,000

Orthopaedically Handicapped
S.No. Appliance Estimated cost
(up to)
1. Laptop or Desktop Rs. 40,000

Conditions for Scholarship:
i) Financial assistance will be given to pursue degree and/or post graduate level technical and professional courses from a recognized institution. Maintenance, book/stationary allowance and grant for purchase of assistive devices will be credited to the student's account. Non-refundable fees shall be reimbursed to the student on production of proof of deposit of fees or will be paid directly to the Institute under intimation to the student.
ii) Scholarship will be awarded for only one course at a time.
iii) Students who get admission to a college to pursue technical/professional courses, on the basis of a competitive examination will be eligible for the scholarship without any consideration of percentage of marks at higher secondary/graduation level.
iv) Students who get admission in technical/professional courses without facing any competitive examination will also be eligible for scholarship. However, such students should have not less than 50% marks at higher secondary/graduation level. Selection of these students will be done strictly on merit basis.In case of female students should have not less than 45% marks at highersecondary/graduation level.
v) Students who pursue their education through correspondence would also be eligible for the scholarship.
vi) Continuation of the scholarship in subsequent years will be subject to successful completion of the course during the preceding year. However, grace period shall be admissible for Girl Students and Students failing in category C-4 is of two years and for all other categories is for one year w.e.f. the academic year 2014-15.
vii) A candidate who is awarded scholarship for one course, after its completion will be eligible for another course too. However, the awardees will not be eligible for a similar or equivalent course.
viii) A scholarship holder under this Scheme will not avail any other scholarship/stipend for pursuing the course.
ix) The annual income of the beneficiary/parent or guardian of beneficiary should not exceed Rs. 3.00 lakh from all sources. However, preference shall be given to economically weaker students.
How to apply 
Application in enclosed prescribed format shall be submitted at any time during an academic year to the assigned agency. An advance copy of the application should also be submitted on line. Each applicant shall be given a registration number on receipt of the application. The screening committee shall examine these applications quarterly and the scholarship amount will be disbursed.

List of enclosures alongwith hard copy of application:

Academic record – attested copies of relevant certificates/mark sheets for the qualifying examination.
ii) Proof of annual income - Proof of income shall include last salary slip of parent/guardian, acknowledgement of income tax/income certificate e from revenue official/gazetted officer/public representative e.g. MP, MLA, MLC, Panchayat officials etc.;
iii) Attested copy of Disability certificate;
iv) Course fee receipt if any, duly paid during the academic session;
v) Receipt/Invoice of eligible assistive devices duly countersigned by the authorized signatory of the institution;
vi) Attested copy of Aadhar Card
vii) In case of continuation of scholarship in a succeeding year, a copy of the mark sheet of the preceding year.
Click here to apply online

For further details, please visit website of NHFDC “www.nhfdc.nic.in ” or contact: NHFDC at Telephone
nos. 0129 - 2226910, 2287512, 2287513 Fax no. 0129 - 2284371, E-mail - nhfdc97@gmail.com
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