Cultural Talent Search Scholarship Scheme 2017-18 - Competitions and Contests for Indian Students

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Cultural Talent Search Scholarship Scheme 2017-18

Centre for Cultural Resources and Training
The object of the scheme is to provide facilities to outstanding talented children selected in the age group of 10 to 14 years (as per the cut off eligibility dates), studying either in recognized schools or belonging to families practicing traditional performing arts for getting specialized training in various cultural fields such as traditional forms of music, dance, drama as well as painting, sculpture and crafts, laying special emphasis on rare art forms, which are in the process of becoming extinct.
Application for the scholarship should be submitted by the parents/guardians in the prescribed form in one field/subject only, after getting necessary recommendations from school/ institution and guru/teacher, where the applicant is studying and receiving training respectively, directly to the CCRT, New Delhi by 31st December, 2016. Duly completed applications from children belonging to the families practicing traditional arts will be obtained through renowned Gurus/Institutions by the CCRTdirectly.
The Cultural Talent Search Scholarship Scheme is implemented at the national level. There are hundreds of art forms practiced in our country. Since the number of scholarships available are limited, only exceptionally talented and outstanding students need to apply.
Children whose date of birth is in between 01.07.2003 and 30.06.2007 (both days inclusive) are eligible to apply for the award of scholarships for the year 2017-18
Minimum three (03) years' training in the field of art form in which scholarship is being applied, either with a guru or in an institution is essential.
Applicant students must attach the attested photocopy of ST certificate (in case of Tribal Students) or certificate of disability (in case of differently abled children) issued by the Competent Authority, whichever is applicable, otherwise their applications will not be considered in these categories. 
Applicant Students are required to submit a certificate from the Guru/teacher imparting training, clearly mentioning the details regarding the training received by them alongwith the latest Bio-data of the Guru/teacher.
Students applying for Painting must attach three (03) specimens of their latest work (either original or photograph) and those in Crafts, Sculpture etc. should attach three photographs of latest work, duly certified by their Guru/teacher that these specimens enclosed are made by the candidate and not aided by the Guru/Teacher, alongwith the Bio-data of the Guru/teacher.
Gurus/Parents are requested to ensure that their wards possess certain level of proficiency in the field while applying. Only three (03) students of a Guru/Institution will be considered for award of scholarship at a time keeping in view the large number of applications received and limited number of scholarships available in each field. If more than one Guru/teacher is working in the same Institution, then also only three (03) applications of that Institution will be considered for award of scholarship. Only those applicants, whose names are recommended by Central Selection Committee, will be informed about the date, timings and venue of the interview/test by post only, which may be held during the months of May-July, 2016 at Regional Level. 
The candidate must apply only in one subject/field in which he/she is confident because only one scholarship could be availed under the scheme. All applications of those, who apply in more than one subject/field would be rejected straight away.
Students in folk, traditional and indigenous art forms should mention the exact name of the art form and also the State/UT, where it is practiced. Students in traditional art forms, crafts traditions facing extinction and belonging to families practicing traditional performing & visual arts are given preference. They have to enclose a brief write-up to justify their claim for consideration in this category, otherwise their candidature will be considered in general category.
Incomplete applications and those without relevant information and documents/specimens/ photographs regarding training will not be considered. Those who are already receiving the scholarship from CCRT or any other Institution should not apply again either for new scholarship or for extension. A scholarship holder shall not receive any other scholarship/stipend in case he/ she is selected for CTSS Scheme, without the prior approval of the CCRT.

Last date for submission of complete and duly filled application form in the CCRT, New Delhi is 31.12.2016.

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