The Government of India has been implementing the Scheme of Post-Matric Scholarship to students belonging to OBCs since 1998. It aims to provide financial assistance to students belonging to OBCs for pursuing post-matriculation courses through recognized institutions. Under the Scheme, Central Assistance is provided on 100% basis to all States/UTs over and above their respective “committed liability” except in the case of North Eastern States, which are exempted from committed liability.
The Scheme has now been revised w.e.f. 01.07.2011. The revision consists of the following:- I. Changes in (i) income ceiling; (ii) grouping of courses; and (iii) rates of maintenance and other allowances, as per details given in para 4 below, and II. The Scheme was, to begin with, meant to be open-ended, but has, in practice, been implemented subject to allocation available for it.
At the beginning of the financial year, notional allocation(NA) of funds of States/UTs will be made by this Ministry, from the overall annual outlay of the Scheme, on the basis of population of each State/UT, excluding States/UTs having no notified list of OBCs (viz. Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Lakshadweep).