DIRECTORATE OF HIGHER EDUCATION
GOVERNMENT OF GOA
JUNTA HOUSE, 2
ND LIFT, 5 TH FLOOR
GOA SCHOLARS SCHEME
SCHEME FOR SELECTION OF ‘GOA SCHOLARS
I. OBJECTIVES OF THE SCHEME:-
The objective of the scheme is to promote pursuit of post-graduate
studies by younger population of Goa, ensuring that economic conditions
and/or financial difficulties do not come in the way of such pursuit, by way
of assisting the meritorious and outstanding candidates with a Scholarship
to undertake Post-graduate studies in Institutions of proven excellence, in
India or Abroad.
II. DETAILS OF THE SCHEM
1. The Scheme envisages selection of a certain of number of ‘Goa Scholars’
annually, from among the younger population of Goa, in recognition of their
merit by providing them with financial assistance in their pursuit of post-graduate
studies. Intellectual distinction is a necessary but not a sufficient
condition for selection as a Goa Scholar. The Selection Committee will seek
among the eligible candidates, excellence in qualities of mind and in
qualities of person that offer the promise of effective service to the
country/world in the decades ahead. The Goa Scholarships, in short, are
an investments in human capital-building rather than in project proposals.
2. The scheme lays down the procedures to be followed for the selection of Goa
Scholars pursuing Post-graduate studies in institutions of proven
excellence, in India or abroad.
3. The Scheme will be managed by the ‘Higher Education Promotion
Fund’(HEPF), that has separately been established by the Government for
grant of interest free loan to eligible candidates.
III.ELIGIBILITY FOR SELECTION AS GOA SCHOLAR
1. Any person below the age of 30 years who was born in Goa and/or has been
domiciled in Goa for at least 10 years period shall be entitled to be selected
as a Goa Scholars provided he/she fulfils all of the following conditions:-
institution located in Goa.
Has passed the qualifying undergraduate degree examination from an
Has achieved a meritorious rank/position in the qualifying degree
Possesses qualities of mind and person that offer the promise of effective
service to the country/world in the decades ahead.
abroad for undertaking post-graduate studies, as approved under this
2. A certain number of scholarship may be offered to such candidates who
have passed the qualifying under-graduate Degree examination from a well-known
and reputed Institution located outside Goa, provided the candidate
fulfills the other conditions mentioned in para 5 above.
Has obtained admission to an institution of proven excellence in India or
IV. MATTER OF RESERVATION FOR CANDIDATES
In order to provide adequate opportunities to candidates belonging to
different communities, the Selection of Goa Scholars will follow a 200 point
women candidates and will ensure that at least 30% of Goa Scholars in any
particular year are women, provided they are found meritorious/suitable to
be declared as "Goa Scholars" by the Selection Committee. In case an
otherwise eligible candidate among reserved categories is not available for
"Selection" based on a roster point or not found suitable to be selected by
the Selection Committee the slot shall be open to suitable General category
candidates. The decision of the Selection Committee shall be final.
r*. Further, the selection process will provide equal opportunity to
V. PREFERENCE TO CANDIDATES FACING ECONOMIC/FINANCIAL
The scheme envisages promotion of merit and excellence. However,
other qualifications and eligibility for selection being much similar,
preference will be given to applicants whose total family income, including
the income of both the parents, is up to Rs.200,000/- per annum for
national scholarship and Rs.5,00,000/- for international scholarship.
VI. APPROVED COURSES:-
1. Selected Goa Scholars can pursue post-graduate studies in any
institution of proven excellence in India or abroad, in the fields of
Engineering, Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy, Architecture, Finance, Law,
Fine Arts, Home Science, Management, Environment and Computer
Science, Administration or any other field of importance to the state.
Arears for special expertise for grant of scholarship include:
-Non destructive testing (ME or M. Tech)
-Agricultural Economics (MA or Doctorate); and
2. The following conditions must be fully met:-
The course requires full time attendance.
included in the list of approved institutions under the scheme.
The institution concerned is of proven excellence, as decided collectively,
The course offered by the institutions is recognized by any of the
or Government of Goa.
3. In respect of the courses offered by institutions located outside India, the
selection Committee’s decision about the status of the
Universities/Courses where Goa Scholars pursue studies/will pursue,
under this Scheme, will be final.
Any other recognizing Authority approved by Government. of India
VII. AMOUNT OF SCHOLARSHI
1. The amount of financial assistance granted to the selected Goa Scholars
(National) shall be Rs.2,00,000/- per year, tenable for two years. Selected
Goa Scholars (International) shall be granted a one time financial assistance
of an amount equal to US Dollars 15,000. Disbursement of financial
assistance shall be made in India Rupee in all cases.
2. Any amount received by the selected candidate as scholarship or benefit
under any other scheme shall not be taken in to account in the grant of
financial assistance provided to Goa Scholars.
VIII. APPLICATION PROCEDURE AND CALENDA
1. Applications under the scheme will be invited in a prescribed format
every year for a certain number of scholarships to be offered in that year.
The applications will be received till a prescribed due date. Applicants,
who fail to submit the prescribed form duly filled in complete with all the
necessary documents, shall not be eligible to be considered for selection
as a Goa Scholar in that year.
2. All applications received under the scheme shall be registered and a
registration number will be provided to the applicant. The registration
number must be quoted in all subsequent correspondence and
3. Procedure for selection of Goa Scholars under the scheme will generally
be completed by 31 August every year. Shortlisted applicants on scrutiny
of the applications, will be required to appear for a personal interview
before the Selection Committee, and may be required to submit
additional details regarding the Institution/Course should such a need
4. Any applicant, who fails to furnish any of the necessary information or
furnishes any incorrect or false information, will be disqualified from
being selected as a Goa Scholar under the scheme. In the event that any
amount of scholarship has already been disbursed to such disqualified
applicant, such amounts shall become re-payable to the Government
5. The applicants should write an essay of about 1000 words on his/her
strengths/personality/achievements and his/her vision for future. The
reasons why he/she should be considered for this coveted Scholarship
should be included. In the essay, the Selection Committee will
particularly look for a realistic assessment of the candidate’s possible
contribution to the development of the State of Goa.
6. In the event that the applicant has been selected for a course that
involves deadlines in relation to payment of fee and other charges, it
shall be the responsibility of the applicant himself/herself to arrange
adequate finances for meeting such deadlines. In such cases, the
financial assistance granted under the scheme can be utilized to pay
back any such bridging loan obtained by the applicant from relatives,
friends or Banks.
IX. SELECTION PROCEDUR
Selection Committee constituted by the Government will undertake all
activities relating to scrutiny of applications for selection of Goa Scholars.
The Committee will agree, and be guided by, appropriate procedure for
smooth operation of the scheme. Such procedure may be changed from year
to year but generally will not be modified after the applications have been
called for a particular year.
X. HIGHER EDUCATION PROMOTION FUND(HEP
1. A fund by the name of ‘Higher Education Promotion Fund’ (HEPF) has
separately been established by the Govt. through a initial contribution of
Rs.2.5 crores. All financial assistance sanctioned under this scheme shall
be paid out of this fund. The Government will take steps to replenish the
quantum of funds available with HEPF from time to time.
2. For management of HEPF, Government may entrust the work to any
Department, Public Sector Undertaking or Corporation, Financial
Institution, Co-operative Bank or Commercial Bank. Any management fees
charged by such appointment managing agency/bank shall be paid out of
3. HEPF will be subject to audit by Comptroller and Auditor General of India
XI. SITUATIONS NOT COVERED UNDER THE SCHEM
The Selection Committee constituted under the scheme or the
Government may take necessary steps to remove the difficulties, in response
to a peculiar situation faced by an otherwise eligible and meritorious
candidate. In all such cases, the reasons for making modifications that
deviate from the scheme shall be recorded.
E:-R:-Architectural Council of India (ACI)Dental Council of India (DCI)Medical Council of India(MCI)All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE)University Grants Commission (UGC)