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GYAN PRABHA
(Educational Support)

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About the scheme

  1. Encourage PwDs for pursuing educational/ vocational courses like graduation courses, professional courses and vocational training leading to employment or self-employment.
  2. Provide a specific amount per course to a PwD which will generally cover fees, transportation, books, out of pocket expenses (OPEs) etc.

Scheme Description

This scheme aims at motivating a Person with Disability (PwD) covered under the National Trust Act to pursue higher education or skill development courses. There are 3 categories of courses that Gyan Prabha supports i.e. (1) Professional Courses, (2) Graduation and Post-Graduation Courses, (3) Vocational Courses. For details of courses click ‘List of courses covered under the Scheme

The highlights of the scheme are mentioned below:

I. Amount provided to PwD

The National Trust will provide a specific amount per course to a PwD which will generally cover fees, transportation, books, out of pocket expenses (OPEs) etc

The frequency and the maximum duration of funding to the PwD by the National Trust will be based upon specific course structure pertaining to each category of the above mentioned courses. The defined frequency can be either of the below depending on the course structure:

  1. Monthly
  2. Trimester wise
  3. Six monthly or Semester wise
  4. Annually

The maximum time duration allowed for the PwD to complete the course would be defined by the competent authority from the concerned Institute and the duration cannot be different from those available for other categories.

II.Attendance based transportation

The National Trust would provide a defined amount for transportation allowance to the PwD for each course, provided PwD satisfies the attendance criteria of a minimum of 50% during the defined period of the course structure (monthly or trimester wise or semester wise or annually)

III. Duration of course

The National Trust shall provide funding for the course undertaken by PwD for the time period which is the maximum time allowed by the Institute for the completion of the course or the time PwD has taken to complete the course whichever is less. This is irrespective of whether or not the PwD is able to complete the course.

 

List of Courses covered under the Scheme

There are 3 categories of courses that Gyan Prabha supports; which are as follows:-

1. Professional courses

A professional course is a college-level course designed to target those who are in, or about to enter, the workforce in corporate, government or technology fields. These include:

  • Architecture - Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch), Master of Architecture (M.Arch)
  • Medical Courses -B. D. S. , B. H. M. S , B. A. M. S. , M.S., MBBS, M.D. , D.M ,  M.Ch,  Nursing , B.Pharmacy, M.Pharmacy, B.U.M.S (Unani Medicine)
  • Law-LLB, LLM, Master of Business Law
  • BBA , BBM ,  MBA
  • Engineering- B.Tech , BE, BIT, M.Tech , M.E, MIT, MS
  • Chartered Accountant (CA)
  • Company Secretary(CS)
  • Cost and Management Accountant(CMA)
  • Doctor of Philosophy(PhD)

2. Graduation and Post-Graduation courses

A graduation course is usually an undergraduate  or postgraduate course of study that normally requires two to five years of study (depending on institution and field of study). These include:

  • Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com)
  • Bachelor of Arts(B.A)
  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc)
  • Bachelor Of Physical Education (B.P.Ed)
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy(B.P.T)
  • Bachelor of Public Relations(B.P.R)
  • Bachelor of education
  • Bachelor of computer application
  • Bachelor of Library and Information Science(B.L.I.S)
  • Bachelor of Literature (B.Lit)
  • Bachelor of Communication Journalism
  • Master of Commerce (M.Com)
  • Master Of Physical Education (M.P.Ed)
  • Master of Physiotherapy(M.P.T)
  • Master of Public Relations(M.P.R)
  • Master of Education
  • Master of computer application
  • Master of Library and Information Science(M.L.I.S)
  • Master of Literature (M.Lit)
  • Master of Communication Journalism
  • Other Diploma Courses etc

3. Vocational courses

Vocational courses prepare people for a specific trade. It directly develops expertise in techniques related to technology, skill and scientific technique to span all aspects of the trade. This may also include ITI, Polytechnic, Certificate course etc.

 

Eligibility Criteria

Filter criteria for applying under the new schemes is as under:

  1. Must be Registered with the National Trust.
  2. Must be Registered under the PwD Act.
  3. Must not have been blacklisted by the State / Central Govt. / Other Govt.
  4. Bank Account details of the Registered Organisation.
  5. E-mail ID and contact details of the Registered Organisation.

Note: Unless the Registered Organisation fulfill the above criteria, he / she can not apply under the scheme .

A.Eligibility of PwD

  1. There is no age and income limit.
  2. PwD should have one of the disabilities under the National Trust Act, 1999.
  3. PwD should not be enrolled under Gharaunda, Samarth, Disha or Vikaas if he or she is applying for vocational course from the same RO.
  4. PwD should be enrolled only under one course under Gyan Prabha at a particular point of time.

B.Eligibility criteria for course

Course that is undertaken by PwD shall fulfill following eligibility criteria:

S. No. Eligibility Criteria

 

Required Documents
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Courses applied for should be recognized by the competent State or Central Authority College or Institute final admission records (Provisional not allowed)

Enrolment Process

Enrolment Process for PwD

I.Enrolment Process for RO

  1. Fill up the Gyan Prabha application form online and upload the scanned documents as required*
  2. Submit the duly filled in form on the National Trust portal
  3. Send the print out of the filled form along with the supporting documents to National Trust. Application should be despatched within 7 days and should reach National Trust office within 15 days.

PwD Enrolment (first approval) process

PwD enrolment process defines the steps to be followed while enrolling for Gyan Prabha for the first time. It also details out the required information and documents at each step and timelines for various activity wherever applicable.

STEP 1.PwD logs into the National Trust website

STEP 2.The application form is available online on the National Trust website and has to be submitted online only. There is no application fee for this scheme

Steps for submitting online application form

  • Fill up the Gyan Prabha application form online and upload the scanned documents as required*
  • Submit the duly filled in form on the National Trust portal
  • Send the print out of the filled form along with the supporting documents of final admission to the National Trust within 40 days.

The PwD can also get in touch with the nearest RO, in order to seek guidance in applying for the scheme. RO can help or direct the PwD for successful completion of the application form.

*Following documents have to be submitted or uploaded by PwD for enrolment purpose:

  1.  Birth certificate of the PwD
  2. Disability Certificate of the PwD
  3. Bank details specifying the Bank account no., Name of the Account Holder, Name of the Bank, Name of the Branch and IFSC code etc.
  4. ID proof of parent or guardian
  5. Admission records of the College, Institute or RO (for the course being undertaken)
  6. Document mentioning maximum time duration allowed to PwD for completing the course
  7. Undertaking on min 50 % of attendance by the parents or the guardians of  the PwD as a proof for declaration of transportation 

STEP 3.After the National Trust receives the application form and the documents, these are verified within 10 days from the receipt of application. The point of receipt in this case would be the date and time of submission of online form. However, if there is more information required from the PwD, the PwD is given 15 days’ time to submit the same from the date of information by the National Trust for missing documents.

STEP 4.In case of successful verification of the all the above furnished documents, the PwD is enrolled for the Gyan Prabha scheme, communication to the PwD by the National Trust shall be done within 30 days from point of receipt.

STEP 5.The National Trust can verify the recognition of course applied for, from the concerned State or Central Authority, if required.

STEP 6.A confirmation, Enrolment card ID and receipt is mailed to the PwD, along with a starter kit. Further details about the rules and regulations etc. are to be communicated by the National Trust or RO.

For all new PwDs, records shall be created in the National Trust and unique IDs would be assigned to them. PwD ID shall be communicated to parents/guardians also by the National Trust officials.

Rate of Scholarship

Graduation and Post-Graduation course

Sr. No. Category Amount (in INR) Frequency of funds disbursement
1 Professional course 5,200/- per PwD per month   (Including any amount given by the Central/State/District Government or Department /Private organization etc.) As per the course structure it could be any one of the below :
  1. Monthly
  2. Trimester wise
  3. Six monthly or Semester wise
  4. Annually
2 2,000/- per PwD per month (Including any amount given by the Central/State/District Government or Department /Private organization etc.) As per the course structure it could be any one of the below :
  1. Monthly
  2. Trimester wise
  3. Six monthly or Semester wise
  4. Annually
3 Vocational course 1,600/- per PwD per month (Including any amount given by the Central/State/District Government or Department/Private organization etc.) As per the course structure it could be any one of the below:
  1. Monthly
  2. Trimester wise
  3. Six monthly or Semester wise
  4. Annually
4 Transportation allowance (for any course) 20,000/- per PwD per annum or actuals, whichever is less As per the course structure it could be any one of the below :
  1. Monthly
  2. Trimester wise
  3. Six monthly or Semester wise
  4. Annually

Rate / Release of scholarship

The National Trust will provide funding to the PwD depending upon the course being taken up, as detailed below:

I. Recurring Cost

The National Trust shall pay a specified amount depending upon the category of course PwD is enrolled in. The amount funded by the National Trust is mentioned in the following table. Important points to be noted for reimbursement under recurring cost are:

  • Frequency of disbursement shall be decided at the time of enrolment in the scheme and shall be based on the course structure.
  • The National Trust will reimburse the amount to PwD either as per the scheme guidelines or as per actuals, whichever amount is less on submission of proof of expenses except out of pocket expenses (OPE). PwD can claim OPE upto a maximum of 10% of the total amount mentioned in the following table for each category of course.

For example, in the case of professional courses OPE can be upto a maximum of INR 520.

  • This amount is final and cannot be enhanced even if the PwD needs to pay more. The scheme does not cover 100% of the fee but a major part of it.
  • Amount mentioned in following table is inclusive of the amount paid to the PwD by any Central/ State/District Government or department or private organizations for the same course and purpose.

II. Transportation Cost

The National Trust shall fund (reimburse) transportation cost of PwD for the duration of course as per the scheme. For availing the transportation cost, PwD needs to have a minimum attendance of 50% during the defined period and provide written proof of attendance from the Institute. Transportation cost will be reimbursed to the PwDs either as per the scheme guidelines or as per actuals, whichever amount is less.

The funds under both the categories will be reimbursed only to the Bank account of the PwD and in no case cash will be disbursed. Funds allocated for each of the course are as follows:

S. No. Category Amount (in INR) Frequency of funds disbursement
  Professional course 5,200/- per PwD per month (Including any amount given by the Central/State/District Government or Department/Private organization etc.) As per the course structure it could be any one of the below :
  1. Monthly
  2. Trimester wise
  3. Six monthly or Semester wise
  4. Annually
  Graduation and Post-Graduation course 2,000/- per PwD per month (Including any amount given by the Central/State/District Government or Department/Private organization etc.) As per the course structure it could be any one of the below :
  1. Monthly
  2. Trimester wise
  3. Six monthly or Semester wise
  4. Annually
  Vocational course 1,600/- per PwD per month (Including any amount given by the Central/State/District Government or Department/Private organization etc.) As per the course structure it could be any one of the below:
  1. Monthly
  2. Trimester wise
  3. Six monthly or Semester wise
  4. Annually
  Transportation allowance (for any course) 20,000/- per PwD per annum or actuals, whichever is less As per the course structure it could be any one of the below :
  1. Monthly
  2. Trimester wise
  3. Six monthly or Semester wise
  4. Annually

 

Last Updated On: 18-01-2017

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