Ex-Servicemen Prepare to Apply for PMSS Scholarship 2023
The service conditions endured by Armed Forces personnel are characterized by extreme rigor and challenge. Those serving in the Armed Forces, particularly those in lower ranks, retire at a young age with limited pensions and often face pending domestic responsibilities. Many of them come from humble backgrounds, struggling financially. Affording higher education, especially technical or professional studies for their children, becomes a challenge. Additionally, due to increased counterinsurgency operations, the number of casualties has surged, leaving behind numerous widows and orphaned children in dire need of moral and financial support.
In recognition of the contribution of defense personnel to the nation, the welfare of Ex-Servicemen (ESM) and their dependents has been identified as a significant priority by the Honorable Prime Minister. The Prime Minister’s Scholarship Scheme (PMSS) was introduced in the academic year 2006-07 with the primary objective of encouraging the dependent children of Ex-Servicemen and Ex-Coast Guard personnel, as well as their widows, to pursue higher technical and professional education. The scheme is overseen by the Kendriya Sainik Board, the apex body responsible for the rehabilitation and welfare of ESM and their dependents, operating under the Ministry of Defence’s Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare. Funding for the scheme is provided from the National Defence Fund, administered by the Prime Minister’s Office.
The PMSS provides scholarships for professional and technical courses to the dependent children of Ex-servicemen/Ex-Coast Guard personnel and their widows, limited to ranks below officer status (for officers, only categories one to five are included).
Between the academic years 2006-07 and 2014-15, a total of 4,000 annual scholarships were granted under the scheme. Starting from the academic year 2015-16, the number of scholarships increased to 5,500 annually, with an equal split for boys and girls (i.e., 2,750 each).
Scholarship Amount for Boys and Girls:
The initial annual scholarship amount was Rs 15,000 for boys and Rs 18,000 for girls. As of the academic year 2019-20, the scholarship amount has been raised to Rs 30,000 for boys and Rs 36,000 for girls per year.
Eligibility Criteria for PMSS Scholarship:
The eligibility criteria for the scholarship include:
– Students who have taken admission in the 1st academic year of a course (1st year) are eligible to apply.
– Students studying in 2nd and subsequent years are not eligible, except for integrated/lateral entry courses.
– Eligibility extends to dependent children/widows of Ex-Servicemen & Ex-Coast Guard personnel who died in service or were disabled due to service-related causes.
– Wards of civilians including Para Military Personnel are not eligible.
– Candidates must have a minimum of 60% marks in their minimum educational qualification.
– The duration of the course must be between one to five years, as approved by the relevant regulatory body.
For the full list of eligibility conditions, application process, and required documents, kindly refer to the official PMSS guidelines on the Kendriya Sainik Board’s web portal at www.ksb.gov.in.
Eligible applicants can apply online through the KSB portal after the official notification is published. The application deadline is typically November 15th of the year. For the current year, the notification will be released soon.