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SMILE – Comprehensive Rehabilitation For Welfare Of Transgender Persons

Introduction

  • SMILE – Comprehensive Rehabilitation For Welfare Of Transgender Persons
  • Financial Assistance in the form of scholarships for Transgender students in secondary and senior secondary education

Ministry/Agency

  • Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment

Objectives

  • Provide financial assistance to Transgender students in completing their education
  • Support Transgender students in finding a dignified place in society

Benefits

  • Scholarship amount of Rs. 13,500 once every year

Eligibility

  • Transgender students with a Transgender Certificate issued through the National Portal for Transgender person of the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment
  • Indian Nationals who are not receiving any other central or state government funded Pre-Matric/Post-matric Scholarship

Implementation Strategy

  • Scholarships awarded to students studying in a government or private higher secondary school/college/university
  • Technical and vocational courses in Industrial Training Institutes/ Industrial Training Centres affiliated with the National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) of classes XI and XII level including Polytechnics and other courses are covered
  • Selection of applications based on total marks achieved in the previous academic year as reflected in the marksheet

Conditions for Scholarships for secondary school (IX & X) Transgender students

  • Regular, full-time students studying in a Government School or in a School recognized by Government or a Central/State Board of secondary education
  • No scholarship for a second (or subsequent) year if the student has to repeat a class

Conditions for Scholarships for senior secondary school (XI & XII) Transgender students

  • Regular, full-time students studying in a Government School or in a School recognized by Government or a Central/State Board of secondary education
  • No scholarship for a second (or subsequent) year if the student has to repeat a class

Exclusions

  • Certificate courses are not covered

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