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NTSE Update | Number of students to receive NTSE scholarship to be Doubled

About 500 students to get scholarships in Rajasthan, official notification to be released soon

Students who wish to appear in the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) will soon get good news. The number of students receiving the scholarship is going to be doubled.

Dr. Avinash Pandey, NCERT Examination Organizer, said that this was discussed in the last meeting of Human Resource Development held a few days ago. They have decided that the number of students to be selected in the final stage will be increased from one thousand (1,000) to two thousand (2,000). As a result, the number of students selected in the final examination from every state will be doubled.

Sh. Amit Gupta (Vice President, Allen Career Institute) told that the final examination of the NTSE will be held on May 12. So far, one thousand selected students get this scholarship in the final stage, but now this number is going to be doubled. At the same time, the central government is preparing to increase the state quota (given for the state level examination). NCERT has written a letter to MHRD in this regard. There is also a possibility that the results of the NTSE Stage-I would change as the quota of Rajasthan which was earlier 257 students, would be increased to 514.

NTS examination is conducted in two stages

There are two stages in the selection process. For NTSE Stage-I, Selection is done by States/UTs through a written examination. Students, who Qualify Stage- I, are eligible to appear for NTSE Stage-II examination. Every year about 1.5 lac students appear for the exam in Rajasthan. Out of which 257 students are selected according to the State Quota. These candidates are selected for the final exam. Now state quota may be doubled to 514. Approximately 1.5 Lac students from Rajasthan will be benefitted from this because if the state quota is doubled then almost twice the number of students will be able to appear in the final exam. In this case, the number of students receiving the scholarship will also increase

On the basis of the National Talent Search Examination, Scholarship of Rs.1250/- per month is given to selected students of class-XI to XII while Scholarship of Rs.2000/- per month is given Undergraduates and Post-graduates. Amount of Scholarship for Ph.D. is fixed in accordance with the UGC norms.

Number of Scholarship doubled to 2000 from existing 1000 under NTS Scheme

National Talent Search Exam 2016The Union Minister of Human Resource Development Smt. Smriti Irani announced that the number of scholarships under National Talent Search Scheme will be doubled to 2000 from existing 1000 while speaking on the occasion of 55th Foundation Day celebration of the NCERT in New Delhi on 1st September 2015.

While expressing concern about quality in school education, the Union Minister asked the Director, NCERT to undertake the National Achievement Survey for Classes III, V, VIII and X, annually. She also desired that a road-map be prepared and submitted to Ministry of Human Resource Development within a week’s time. 

The Minister dwelt on the initiatives of Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan and reiterated the Government’s intention to set up Model Science Labs in a Government School in every district of the country. 

The Minister appreciated the books developed by NCERT in Hindi, English, Urdu and Sanskrit for the students and suggested that the NCERT could support the states to translate these books in regional languages. On this occasion, Smt. Irani released Tactile Map Book on Braille for Upper Primary students and appreciated the effort of NCERT for this work. 

The Minister stated that the NCERT was holding a panel discussion on “Innovations for Promoting Quality in School Education” later in the day and suggested the panel to offer recommendation specially to help students who are slow learners. She also directed NCERT to make available online all the new research work in teachers education. 

Dr. S.C. Khuntia, Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy appreciated the yeoman service being rendered by NCERT in maintaining high standards of quality education. 

Speaking on the occasion, Director, NCERT mentioned the achievements made by the Council in the field of school education during the last five decades, and also highlighted various recent initiatives of the Ministry of HRD in school education.