Scholarship for Students from Minorities During COVID-19

New Delhi : The budget allocated under the 3 Scholarship Schemes for minorities being implemented by Ministry of Minority Affairs was Rs. 2,265 crore in 2020-21 compared to Rs. 2,082.74 crore in 2019-20. Further, there has also been no reduction in the quota for fresh scholarships under the three scholarship schemes during the COVID pandemic.

The year-wise details of number of scholarships sanctioned and amount involved during the last five years i.e. 2016-17 to 2020-21 is given in the table below:-


Year Number of Scholarship** sanctioned Amount of Scholarship **sanctioned (in Rs. crore)
2016-17 49,33,933 1474.83
2017-18 62,42,892 1881.15
2018-19 66,93,890 2114.79
2019-20 67,24,551 2388.02
2020-21* 60,62,463 1984.69

* Provisional data (Sanction/Disbursement of scholarships continues in 2021-22).

** Includes the number and amount sanctioned towards the Begum Hazrat Mahal National Scholarship Scheme.

 This information was given by the Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.

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