The National Scholarship Portal (NSP) is a digital scholarship platform provided by the Indian Government. The NSP was launched by the Indian government to aid financially weak students. What is the National Scholarship Portal (NSP)? How can you be benefited from the scheme? How to Apply for NSP? Hence, these are the basic queries that will be explained in this article.
WHAT IS THE NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PORTAL (NSP)?
It is a digital scholarship platform run by the Indian Government at central, state, and agency levels. Hence, under NSP, multiple scholarships are offered to students. The central government, state governments, and government agencies like the University Grants Commission (UGC), All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), and more aid students.
Around 50 scholarships worth rupees hundreds of crores have been hosted by NSP. Hence, scholarship seekers and appliers are highly benefited. Hence, the portal has assisted the Indian government in distributing and implementing scholarships worth INR 2,400 crores and even more. Therefore, the portal has a record of around 110 lakh applications out of which 85 lakhs are verified.
THE CONCEPT AND FORMATION OF THIS DIGITAL SCHOLARSHIP PORTAL:
The National Scholarship Portal (NSP) was introduced as the Mission Mode Project, a brainchild of the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP). A variety of services like student scholarship applications, disbursal of scholarships, and more are offered. Hence, it is one of the most prominent portals offering a Simplified, Mission-oriented, Accountable, Responsive and Transparent (SMART) system. This ensures an effective and faster disposal of scholarships. The portal also confirms the direct delivery of funds to the student’s account. Hence, any sort of mishap or leakage is avoided.
HERE ARE THE BENEFITS PROVIDED BY NSP:
- All sorts of scholarship information are provided under one roof.
- Students can prepare a single integrated application that will be applicable to all sorts of scholarships. This makes it a simplified and easy process.
- Enhanced Transparency is provided by the portal to all its users.
- The various departments and ministers can also be assisted in their seamless communication through the Decision Support System (DSS). Hence, the NSP can serve as a great tool here.
- Master data for all pan-India level institutions and courses will be provided on a single portal.
- Students can also check for their scholarship eligibility and track their application status on NSP.
- The authorities can verify the application forms online. Hence, this makes the process much quicker.
THE OBJECTIVE SUCH A SCHOLARSHIP PLATFORM:
The most obvious question is – What is the need for such a portal? What are the objectives of this portal? Hence, here are the objectives of NSP:
- The primary objective of the National Scholarship Portal is to distribute scholarships to students on a timely basis.
- Providing a common platform to central agencies, state agencies, and other governmental agencies. Hence, they can launch their schemes at a similar place.
- Creation of a transparent scholars database.
- Any duplication that may arise while processing the applications is avoided.
- The portal is also responsible for channelizing a variety of scholarships and their norms.
Hence, these are the basic objective of the National Scholarship Portal (NSP).
BROAD CATEGORIES OF THE NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PORTAL (NSP):
The NSP has a nationwide reach and is divided into various categories. A huge number of scholarships are provided to students ranging from Standard 1 to PHD levels. However, the four major categories are as follows:
- Central Government Schemes
- Under Graduate Commission (UGC) schemes
- All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) Schemes
- State Government schemes
Here is a piece of detailed information about each of these schemes:
CENTRAL GOVERNMENT SCHEMES UNDER NSP:
Several renowned Departments from the Central Government are also a part of the National Scholarship Program. Hence, various government departments and ministers are responsible for running several scholarships. All this provides the students with assistance in pursuing their dreams. Hence, any financially weak students can apply for the program and build an academic career without any financial constraints. Therefore, the distinguished Indian government departments and ministers include:
- Ministry of Minority Affairs (MOMA)
- Ministry of Social Justice and Employment (MSJE)
- Tribal Affairs Ministry (MTA)
- Department of Empowerment of Person with Disabilities (DEPwD)
- Department of Higher Education (DHE), and a lot more.
Any candidate interested in the Central Government schemes can apply for them at https://scholarships.gov.in. Hence, these schemes could be easily located on the National Scholarship Program Portal under the header – Central Schemes. Also, the student will start getting their scholarship benefits from June-July 2021.
Following is the list of Central Government oriented scholarship schemes:
|Pre-Matric Scholarship Schemes for Minorities||Ministry of Minority Affairs. (MOMA)
|Post-Matric Scholarship Schemes for Minorities||Ministry of Minority Affairs. (MOMA)
|Merit Cum Means Scholarship for Professional and Technical Courses CS||Minority Affairs Ministry
|Pre-Matric Scholarship for Students with Disabilities||Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD)|
|Post-Matric Scholarships for Students with Disabilities||Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD)|
|Scholarships for Top Class Education for students with disabilities.||Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD)|
|Top Class education schemes for SC students||Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MSJE)|
|Financial Assistance for Education of the Wards of Beedi/ICOM/LSDM workers – Post-Matric||Ministry of Labour and Employment (MLE)|
|Financial Assistance for Education of the Wards of Beedi/ICOM/LSDM workers – Pre Matric||Ministry of Labour and Employment (MLE)|
|National Fellow and Scholarship for Higher Education of ST students||Tribal Affairs Ministry(MTA)|
|Aam Aadmi Bima Yojna Scholarship||Ministry of Labour and Employment (MLE)|
|NEC Merit Scholarship for the North-Eastern region||North Eastern Council (NEC) and DoNER|
|Prime Minister’s Scholarship Scheme for Central Armed police forces and Assam Rifles||WARB, Ministry of Home Affairs|
|National Means Cum Merit Scholarship||Department of School education and literacy|
|Prime Minister’s Scholarship Scheme for the RPF/RPSF||Ministry of Railway, RPF/RPSF|
UNIVERSITY GRANTS COMMISSION (UGC) SCHEMES OF NSP:
The University Grants Commission (UGC) is the apex statutory body of the Indian government. Also, it functions directly under the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and works for its objectives. Hence, the UGC is responsible for the coordination and maintenance of higher education in India. Therefore, the University Grants Commission (UGC) also works as the authority that grants recognition to universities and colleges all across India. It also furnishes funds to various universities. However, the UGC also offers certain scholarships to college-level students.
Below are the UGC Scholarship Schemes offered on the National Scholarship Portal:
- Special Scholarship Scheme for the North Eastern Region – ISHAN UDAY. There are around 10,000 scholarships awarded each year. Hence, students pursuing a general degree course get Rs 5,400 on a monthly basis. Also, students Rs. 7,800 per month is given to students pursuing any technical, professional, or medical course.
- Scholarships for the Single Girl Child – PG Indira Gandhi Scholarship. 3000 scholarships are offered in this particular scheme. Hence, the scholarship gives 36,200 rupees per annum for two years to students.
- PG Scholarships for the University Rank Holders. However, it is only for the 1st and 2nd Rank holders. A similar number of 3000 scholarships are provided and a sum of 3,100 per month is given to the students for two years.
- PG Scholarship Scheme for SC and ST students for pursuing further professional courses. A comparatively less number of scholarships, i.e. 1000 scholarships are granted. Hence, ME/MTech students are given 7,800 per month for 2 years and students from other professional courses are given Rs. 4,500 every month.
WHAT ARE THE AICTE SCHEMES?
The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) works under the Department of Higher Education. This department is a subsidiary wing of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) was found in 1945. It facilitates coordinated development and proper planning for the technical and management education system in India. Hence, AICTE offers numerous scholarships to students with financial constraints. Therefore, nobody’s financial condition would become a blocking stone in their career. Here is the list of AICTE Schemes on the National Scholarship Portal (NSP):
- Pragati Scholarship for girls – Technical Education (Degree course).
- Pragati Scholarship Scheme for girls – Technical Education (Diploma Course).
- Saksham Scholarship Scheme for Differently abled students – Technical Education (Degree Course).
- Saksham Scholarship Scheme for differently-abled students – Technical Education (Diploma course).
STATE SCHEMES AVAILABLE ON THE NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PORTAL (NSP):
State Governments also have a major role in assisting the students in their education. Hence, similar to the central government schemes, the state governments provide scholarships to students at NSP. However, the range is confined to students who are domicile of that particular state. Many states operate their own portal for scholarship applications. However, some prefer integrating with the National Scholarship Portal (NSP) for their applications. Hence, presently, the National Scholarship Portal (NSP) has 6 states working with it in collaboration. Namely, these states are – Uttarakhand, Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Tripura, Meghalaya, Manipur, Assam, Andaman, and Nicobar, Chandigarh, Goa, Daman and Diu, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Lakshadweep, and Puducherry.
SOME OF THE MAJOR STATE SCHOLARSHIP SCHEMES ARE:
- Pre-matric scholarship to the children of workers engaged in occupations prone to health hazards.
- Scholarship for the Scheduled Caste students (Pre-Matric)
- Pre-Matric Scholarship for the OBC students.
- Pre-Matric Scholarships to Scheduled Tribe (ST) students
- Scholarships to OBC and ST, and SC students (Post-Matric)
- Post-Matric Scholarships for Schedule Caste students
- Post-Matric scholarship scheme for Transgender students
- Scholarship to OBC students (Post-Matric)
- Ambedkar post-matric scholarship to economically backward students
- Pre-matric scholarship to Schedule caste students of classes 9th and 10th
- Post-Matric BC-EBC scholarships
- Post-Matric scholarships to ST and SC students
- Post-Matric Scholarships (PMS) for ST students
- Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Pre-Matric Scholarships (9th and 10th) for ST students
- Post-Matric and Pre-Matric Scholarships for ST students under Umbrella Scheme
NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP SCHEMES (NSP) AVAILABLE IN 2021:
Fresh applications for the year 2021 have already started on 21st August 2020. Hence, students are now required to visit certain government offices. Visiting the official website of NSP is all needed to apply for the scholarships at the state and center level. Hence, it is a very easy and time-saving way.
However, the last date of application for the 2021 session had been extended. The extension was made due to the worldwide spread covid-19 pandemic. Hence, the higher education director circulated a notice to all the schools, colleges, and universities. Hence, the students of levels 1.1 and 1.2 were given a time up till 31st December 2020. Also, the last date for their first phase verification was 31st January 2021. However, the last verification date of the 2nd phase is 28th February 2021. Any minority student who missed the application or wishes to apply can consider applying next year.
WHAT ARE THE DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR NSP REGISTRATION AND APPLICATION?
Interested students need to get ready with a certain number of documents. Therefore, before applying for any scholarship provided by NSP, document upload is a must step. The application process would not complete without document submission. However, scholarships worth less than 50,000 are not required to upload documents. Hence, they can simply submit a copy of their documents to their respective schools, colleges, or universities. Check the list of required documents given below:
- Educational documents
- Bank Passbook
- Aadhaar Card
- Income Certificate ( it will be specified in the respective scholarship guidelines)
- Caste certificate (if you are eligible for any)
- Domicile Certificate (as mentioned in the applying scholarship guidelines)
- Bonafide student certificate from the school, college, or university (This is required only when the school or institution is different from the domicile state.)
- Mobile Number
- Passport Size Photographs
- Self-Declaration Certificate
Hence, these documents should be kept handy before applying.
STEP BY STEP REGISTRATION ON THE NSP PORTAL:
Students Login and registration is the first and foremost step. Hence, to get scholarship benefits, register to the portal as soon as possible. However, a student must make sure that their current educational institution is also registered. Hence, it is a key factor to keep in mind. Therefore, if the student’s current educational institution is not registered, they will not be able to apply. The educational institutions, be schools, colleges, or universities have a provision to register themselves. Hence, if not registered already, they could get registered. Student’s step by step registration procedure:
First Step of registration: Search your institution-
- Go to the NSP’s home page
- Select the “Search Institute” option
- Get the institution list by filling in the required details
- If the institution is registered, the candidate can proceed further. However, if the institution is not showing up on the list, the candidate cannot register. Hence, the student will have to request their institutions to register by clicking here.
2nd Step: Registration on National Scholarship Portal (NSP) –
- For registration, Applicants need to visit the National Scholarships Portal’s home page. Click here.
- Then select the “New Registration” option
- A page of important guidelines will open now
- Go through the guidelines carefully
- Agree to the Undertaking by ticking the checkboxes
- Then click on “Continue”
- A new registration form will open which needs to be carefully filled.
- Carefully fill in details like – Date of Birth, aadhaar number scholarship category, bank account number, mobile number, email-id, etc.
- Enter “Captcha”
- Select the “Register” option now
Hence, the applicant will then receive the student’s application ID and a password. Hence, these details will be sent to the registered mobile number.
3rd Step: Login to the NSP –
The applicants have to check for the login option and click on it. Hence, the NSP portal will show the login for fresh applications. Now, the student has to fill in the application ID and password received on his/her registered mobile number.
Step 4: How to change the password and why is it necessary?
Changing the password is a mandatory step as it gives access to the Dashboard. Hence, the previously given password is not considered safe. Therefore, after a successful login, the registered mobile number will receive a One Time Password (OTP). Candidates need to verify that OTP. Hence, they will be directed to the “Change password” page next. Then a student can change their password and keep it secured.
5th Step: The NSP Dashboard-
The applicant will be directed to the Dashboard Page only after the password is changed. Hence, it is not possible without a password change. The next steps to be followed are:
- Select option ”Application Form”
- The application process will start now.
- Fill in the asked details correctly. They include the student’s name, Date of Birth, Category, State of Domicile, Father’s name, Aadhaar Card number, scholarship category, religion, annual family income, etc.
- Now select the icon “Save and Continue”
- Upload properly scanned copies of all required documents.
- Now click the icon “Save and Draft”. Hence, this will give a chance to confirm the entered details.
- Click the option “Final Submission”
Once submitted, the application form will not be edited. Hence, the students are advised to double sure and check all the details as well as documents.
Step 6: Procedure to Check Application Status-
- Go to the home page of the official NSP website
- Click on the login link and also select your year
- Fill in the Application ID and password
- Click the option “Check Status”
- Now, the application status will be visible.
Hence, checking and tracking the application could be done this way. Application verification and approval generally take some time. Therefore, it is better if students constantly keep checking.
HOW TO CHECK SCHEME WISE SANCTIONED SCHOLARSHIP LIST AT NSP:
This will show the list of applicants according to the schemes. Hence, students can consider this approach while checking. The steps are as follow:
- Go and visit the homepage of NSP
- Click the “New Registration” icon once again.
- Click “Scheme wise Scholarship sanctioned list”
- Fill in the asked details. Hence, the academic year, name, mobile number, application type, ministry, scheme, state, and district are to be filled.
- Feed-in the correct Captcha. Now, select “Submit”.
- You can easily view the scheme-based list now.
HOW TO APPLY FOR A RENEWAL?
The same process of logging in has to be followed first. Hence, students need to visit the NSP portal and log in. They will then get a renewal option that has to be considered.
HOW TO CHECK THE ELIGIBILITY FOR ANY SCHOLARSHIP AT NSP:
The first thing that comes to the student’s mind is, whether they are eligible or not. Hence, they need to confirm their eligibility for any of the NSP schemes before applying. Therefore, here are some easy steps to follow:
- Visit the portal
- Click on the ‘Services’ option present on the home page.
- Now click on “Scheme Eligibility”
- Enter the details such as Domicile State, Course Level, Caste/ Category, Gender, Parent Annual Income, Whether Disabled, and captcha code.
- Click the “check eligibility” icon last.
NSP REGISTRATION PROCESS- CHECKING FOR NODAL OFFICERS AND MINISTRY COORDINATORS:
The list of nodal officers is available District wise. Hence, students can seek the list on NSP.
- Visit the official National Scholarship Portal
- Click the icon “Services”
- Select the option “Search Nodal Officer Detail”
- Now select the ministry, state, district, and scheme.
- Feed-in the Captcha code as per image.
- Submit and the list will appear next.
Similarly, the list of ministry coordinators can also be checked. Hence, it has a somewhat same process. Visit the official page and select the service option on the homepage. Now, once you tap the list of ministry coordinators, it will appear. Therefore, the student will get the list along with the minister’s contact details.
Get to know about the AISHE code:
Go to the services section again. Now, select “ Know your AISHE Code” from the drop-down list. Furthermore, fill in your State, District, institution type, and university type. Therefore, the list of colleges with their AISHE code will appear.
HOW TO CHECK ONE’S PAYMENT INFORMATION AT NSP?
Students can track their payments on the portal easily.
- Click on the “Know your Payment” option from the home page.
- Enter the required details, i.e. Bank, Account Number, and verification code.
- Now select the “Search” icon
- The information will be displayed next.
Tracking the payment status online:
- Select the “Track NSP Payments” icon
- Enter the important details like Bank, account number or NSP application ID, and verification code.
- “Search” and the information will appear.
NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PORTAL (NSP) APPLICATION THROUGH MOBILE APP:
In the year 2018, the NSP mobile application was launched. Hence, the government of India took this step considering the advent of mobile technology. Therefore, the scholarship application has become much easier and convenient for students. Students can download the Mobile Application from the Google play store on their mobile phones. The NSP mobile app is also available in the ‘UMANG’ application launched by the Indian government previously. Hence, the app covers end-to-end services.
KEY SERVICES PROVIDED BY NSP:
A lot of features other than scholarship applications are available. Hence, these other services are beneficial for both students as well as institutions. Any user can access these key services from the portal’s services section. Hence, some of the key features include:
NSP 2.0 User Manual – This manual will help the students know about the registration and application process in detail. Therefore, it acquaints the users with the workflow on NSP.
Checking Scheme Eligibility – Here, the students can check about their eligibility for any scheme. Hence, it is a very helpful service.
Scheme-wise list of state nodal officers – Applicants can browse the list of nodal officers based on schemes.
List of applicants processed for the Scholarship – Users can also get access to the list of selected applicants for any scholarship.
Institute operational manual – Here, even the institutions can browse the operation manual. Hence, they get to know a lot like, how to update profiles, filling registration forms, removing DISE/AiSHE/NCVT codes, and more.
GET TO KNOW ABOUT NSP’S KEY DISBURSEMENT FACTS:
For the year 2019-2020, a disbursal of approximately 2,566 Crores INR was made. Hence, this data was shared on 12th May 2020. Also, the scholarship schemes are broadly classified into 3 major categories. Hence, these categories are –
- Pre-Matric, from classes 1 to 10th.
- Post-Matric for classes 11th, 12th, undergraduate, and postgraduate.
- Higher Education for Undergraduate, Postgraduate, and Technical courses.
The Department of School Education and Literacy also scholarships for students from class 9th and 12th. However, the Higher Education section receives comparatively fewer scholarship disbursements. Hence, the allocation is poorly done. Pre-Matric and classes 11th and 12th sections get the most number of scholarships. Hence, they account for around 65 percent of the total share.
The Department of Higher Education (DHE) is responsible for higher-level education fund allotment. Hence, they disbursed only INR 137 crores. The ministry of tribal affairs and the ministry of social justice have also distributed less. Hence, only 15 crores and 1.3 crores were allocated to the SC and ST students by them.
KEEP THESE DO’S AND DON’TS IN MIND WHILE APPLYING :
- Carefully read all the guidelines- All the applying students need to thoroughly read and understand every single guideline given. The eligibility criteria, ineligibility, application guidelines, and other rules are important. Therefore, all of this will avoid further confusion.
- Track the Deadline- The application, as well as the verification deadline, should be kept in mind. Hence, candidates need to apply in time and track deadlines carefully.
- Keep the documents in handy- Before filling the form, keep all the required documents in hand. Hence, bank details, id proofs, income proofs, address proofs, etc. Are important documents. However, without the documents, the application will be unsuccessful. Hence, it is suggested to keep soft copies of all documents and ensure a hassle-free application process.
- Fill in the form by yourself- Try filling the application form by yourself without any help. Hence, this will reduce any chance of error.
- Keep a copy of the application- Keeping a copy will help the students in tracking the status. Hence, students are guided to feed in working mobile numbers and email ID. The scholarship provider may contact for further selection, verification, or confirmation.
- Crosscheck before submitting- Revise the application form and check twice. Hence, any mistakes should be rectified before submission.
- Never submit Incomplete Forms- Incomplete application forms will be rejected. Hence, never submit an incomplete form. Always fill in the mandatory details before submission.
- Never trust misleading information sources- Do fill in the form on the authentic NSP site. Hence, avoid misleading information sources. However, different websites can be referred to for information.
- Do not share your login details- Applicants are guided to keep their login details a secret. Hence, sharing the details might lead to rejection.
- Don’t wait for the final date- Always fill the form before time. Hence, this will avoid any last-minute hassle. Often the NSP official portal stops working on the last date due to heavy trafficking.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS) RELATED TO NSP:
There are certain common questions related to the National Scholarship Portal (NSP) in the student’s mind. Hence, they need to be entertained.
What is NSP?
The National Scholarship Portal (NSP) is a digital scholarship platform run by the Indian Government at the central, state, and agency levels. Hence, it a hub of multiple scholarship schemes under a single roof. NSP also offers other key services from scholarship applications to disbursement of scholarships.
Who can apply for NSP Scholarships?
The scholarships are offered by different departments and are of different types. Hence, eligibility varies from person to person. However, the eligibility is for students from classes 1 to 12th, undergraduate, postgraduate, doctorate, and technical course students. Minority community schemes are also offered for SC, ST, OBC and other category students.
When is the right time to apply?
The application process generally starts in August and continues till December. Hence, the students can apply during that time. However, dates may vary according to scholarships.
Where to apply for a renewal?
The renewal option is available on the official site of NSP itself. Hence, students can apply for renewal then and there.
What is the last date of NSP 2021 Scholarship?
The application season and most likely ended. Hence, most of the scholarship schemes had there last application date in December and January. However, the verification process is still going on.
What to do, if a student forgets the password?
There is a Forgot Password option available. Hence, the students can retrieve it and set a new one.
In case a student comes across a problem, they can refer to the helpline numbers and seek a response. However, the NSP site also has a separate complaints section.
Number- 0120 – 6619540
Email ID- email@example.com