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NEC Merit Scholarship for Higher Professional Courses(2020-2021): North Eastern Council (NEC) has announced a scholarship for graduates on its official career page. Eligible candidates with the desired qualifications can apply for the above post. The North Eastern Council (NEC) provides various perks & benefits. Check out your eligibility and details on how to apply, benefits, application links, in the post below.


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NEC Merit Scholarship for Higher Professional Courses(2020-2021)


Notification:NEC Merit Scholarship for Higher Professional Courses(2020-2021)
Company:JN Tata North Eastern Council (NEC)
Scholarship:scholarship up to INR 30,000/- p.a.
NEC Merit Scholarship for Higher Professional Courses



Secretary, North Eastern Council (NEC) is pleased to make the following rules to regulate the grant of NEC Merit Scholarship (hereinafter “scholarship”) to the students of the North East (NE) Region undergoing studies in different disciplines at different levels in Institutions inside as well as outside the North-East but within the country as specified hereinafter. The rules may be called “Rules for award of NEC Merit Scholarship”. These rules shall come into force from the Financial year 2020-21 and will supersede the previous rules on the above mentioned scheme.


These scholarships are available for studies in India only and shall be awarded by the North Eastern Council, Ministry of Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, Government of India, Shillong to the eligible candidates of the North Eastern States.

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NEC Merit Scholarship for Higher Professional Courses(2020-2021)

Scholarship Programme By:

North Eastern Council (NEC)

Scholarship Amount:

Scholarship up to INR 30,000/- p.a.


  • The scholarship is open only to a student who is a permanent resident of any of the North Eastern States.
  • For candidates belonging to Academic Year 2020-21 and onwards, the scholarship under this scheme shall be disbursed only through National Scholarship Portal (NSP). However, the students, who already have been receiving scholarship before these rules coming into force, shall continue to receive their scholarships as per the prevailing procedure till end of their scholarships tenure.
  • Once selected, the scholarship shall be available to a selected student for the prescribed duration of a course subject to fulfillment of renewal conditions, as specified under Para 6 of these rules.
  • At the time of availing the scholarship, the student must not be in receipt of any other scholarship/financial assistance from any other source. A sponsored candidate under full employment during the period of study or working/in-service candidates shall not be eligible to receive the scholarship.
  • A student shall only be considered for scholarship in the year of commencement of his/her course. For subsequent year of course, only renewal will be allowed.
  • Scholarship shall be admissible to students who get admission in Diploma, Degree, Post-graduate or registration in M.Phil. / Ph.D courses of any institute recognized by the Government. The grant of scholarship for M.Phil and Ph.D would be after the registration of the students with the University. The Scholarship will not be available for internship or any practical training.
  • The scholarship shall be admissible to the students whose parent / guardian’s annual income from all sources shall not exceed Rs 8.0 lakh. The income certificate issued by the competent authority shall be furnished by the candidate.
  • The student must fulfill the following eligibility criteria in the previous qualifying examination for consideration of scholarship:
LevelQualifying examination
DiplomaHSLC/HSSLC/Secondary School Leaving /Senior Secondary Leaving Certificate examination from a recognised State/Central Board with a minimum of 60% marks in aggregate.
DegreeHSSLC/Senior Secondary Leaving certificate examination from a recognised State/Central board with minimum 60% marks in aggregate.
Degree level examination in any discipline (BA/BSc/BE/B Tech/MBBS/LLB/BCA/BBA etc. of any recognized Institute/ University with minimum 60% marks in aggregate.
M.Phil./Ph.DPG degree from any recognized University with minimum 60% marks in aggregate.

Gender: All Gender

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  • Respective Department of the State Governments / NEC will announce the details of the Scheme and invite applications by issuing an advertisement in the leading newspapers and through the websites and other media outfits. The advertisement shall give pertinent details, about scheme, certificates etc. are required to be uploaded /submitted along with the application form and timelines. The advertisement will also be displayed prominently on National Scholarship Portal.
  • The applicants are required to fill up application form on National Scholarship Portal (NSP) (, within the prescribed date for receipt of application, following due procedure/guidelines mentioned thereon. They may also fill up the application form using NSP Mobile app or UMANG Mobile App. The applicants are, however, encouraged to apply at the earliest as it will provide them opportunity to make correction/updating etc. in their application, if suggested by the verification authority.
  • The applicant must be in possession of following documents at the time of application. He/She may be asked to upload a scanned copy of these documents as per requirement or extant rules /guidelines.
    a) Permanent Residential Certificate (PRC) issued by the Dy. Commissioner /Addl. Dy. Commissioners/ Sub-divisional officer of civil sub-divisions in NE States; except Sikkim where Certificate of Identification (COI) issued by the respective Deputy Commissioner in the Govt. of Sikkim to its Permanent residents. Certificate from any other authority will not be accepted. (Mandatory)
    b) Income Certificate issued by the Competent Authority (Mandatory)
    c) Bank Account Pass Book – Account must be in the name of applicant (Optional)
    d) Details of qualifying examination (Mandatory)
    e) Synopsis signed by the project guide / Director (Research) or any official authorized by the Institute/University in the case of M.Phil/Ph.D. candidates (Mandatory).
    f) Any other document as may be required under NSP guidelines.
  • There will be two level of verification of the application. First level of verification is at the institute level and Second level verification will be carried out by the domicile state of NE Region of the applicant.
  • The present institute of the applicant must have registered itself on NSP using assigned U-DISE/AISHE/NCVT Code and following the prescribed procedure, for verifying the applications on NSP. The application of students which could not be verified because their institute is not register on NSP, will not be considered for scholarship. All NE States must ensure that all institutes where the eligible candidates are studying are on-boarded on NSP timely.
  • The second level verification of applications will be done by the Nodal Officer nominated for the purpose by the respective NE State Governments.
  • It will be the responsibility of the designated Institute Nodal Officer to verify that the student fulfils the eligibility conditions under the scheme. He will be provided with an option to accept, reject or mark as defective to each application.
  • The Nodal officers are advised to satisfy themselves that all details submitted by the candidate are correct.
  • To ascertain the correctness, they may examine the uploaded documents and/or documents available in the records of Institute. They may also ask the student to produce original copy of the document, wherever required.
  • They may also be provided with an option on NSP to return the application to the student for correction, if any error is noticed in the application.
  • The Nodal offices are, however, requested to verify the applications at the earliest so that necessary opportunity may be provided to students to carry out any required correction in their applications or submit additional documents wherever required.


  • The merit lists will be drawn from among finally verified applications as per the scheme guidelines and after following the laid down procedure on the NSP.
  • Selection of students for M. Phil and Ph. D. will be done on the basis of topic of research/Synopsis which has relevance to the problems/issues related to NE Region. The Subjects/topics for M.Phil and Ph.D should invariably be directly, specifically and currently relevant to NE Region. Basic and theoretical research shall not be favoured in general.
  • The scholarship is purely on merit basis. The merit list will be prepared exclusively on the basis of marks obtained by the candidate in the qualifying exams and complying with the level-of-course-wise slots allotted to the states as mentioned in para 7.3 below.
  • In case of tie, preference shall be given to the candidate having lesser family income.
  • There will not be any reservation/quota on the basis of category/religion/gender
  • In case the allotted quota as mentioned at para 7.3 below, remains unfilled for want of eligible candidates, the same may be distributed to remaining eligible students from other NE States, as per their inter se merit list.
  • The scholarships will be disbursed to selected students by NEC directly in their provided and verified bank accounts using DBT mode as per the extant guidelines.

[Note 4 – The student must ensure that the Bank Account should be in the name of the applicant, preferably linked to her/his Aadhaar. The Bank Account should be kept operational /active till complete tenure of the scholarship. NEC shall not be responsible in case the Scholarship amount is not credited due to payment failure at the Bank level.]

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  • The rates of scholarships are subject to revision from time to time. As and when need arises for such revision a Committee will be appointed by the Secretary, NEC for the purpose. The present rate of scholarship for related Subjects/Courses at different levels is as under:
Level of StudyThe scholarship amount for fresh and renewal cases (existing students)
Degree22,000/- p.a.
Postgraduate25,000/- p.a.
M. Phil./Ph D30,000/- p.a.
  • The various courses of studies at different levels for which NEC’s financial assistance
    is admissible would be those as decided by the NEC from time to time keeping in view the
    requirements of specialized manpower of the North Eastern Region.
  • The number of Fresh Scholarships to be awarded every year to candidates of different
    NER states at different levels may be as follows:
SNoStateDiploma Degree PG Degree M.Phil / PhD Total
1.Arunachal Pradesh20130527209

Selection Process:

Screening of scholarship applications based on academic records (merit) and financial need.

Candidates may also have to give a telephonic interviews for further shortlisting.

At certain stage, a candidate may also need to give a face to face interview. (only if required)

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