A scholarship program for disabled students of Meghalaya “Meritorious Scholarship” is a combined initiative of the State Society for the Implementation of Rehabilitation for Persons with Disabilities (SSIRPD), State Resource Centre on Disability Affairs, and Civil Hospital, Shillong. This initiative focuses on uplifting disabled students towards social equality by providing them a fair platform devoid of competition that comes with mainstream education and also provides them with social inclusiveness in society.
This initiative has encouraged and motivated numerous students with disabilities within Meghalaya to look forward to a better future and pursue higher education. Now with strong financial support, they feel they’ve more choices. With this scholarship program, we envision helping and assist each student with a disability to achieve stable socio-economic independence in his/her life going forward while also helping them attain a sense of fulfillment in the community & society.
“The Meritorious Scholarship was initiated and launched under the NPRPD Scheme implemented by the State Resource Centre on Disability Affairs, Government of Meghalaya through the Social Welfare Department, Government of Meghalaya on 14th June 2013. On this day, 43 (forty-three) students with disabilities within Meghalaya were awarded, the Meritorious Scholarship”
|Category||No. of students||Amount (₹) per month|
|Class XI & XII||20||₹2,000/-|
(General, Honours, etc.)
|Post Graduate and Under Graduate, Professional and Technical courses||5||₹4,000/-|
|Graduate-Level Professional & Technical Courses, M. PHIL, Ph.D., etc.||3||₹5,000/-|
Since then, the collaborative disability scholarship program has been efficiently and successfully implemented via the Implementation Committee vide Government Notification No. Health 222/2006/315, Dated 31st August 2012. Lead by The Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities as The Chairperson; Project Director & State Coordinator (State Resource Centre on Disability Affairs, Civil Hospital, Shillong) as The Member Secretary; The Deputy Secretary to the Government of Meghalaya, Social Welfare Department; Joint Director of Higher and Technical Education; Advisor cum Planning Officer of SRCDA and Director of Ferrando of Speech and Hearing Centre, Ribhoi as Members.
The meritorious scholarship was introduced in the year 2013 by the State Society for Implementation of Rehabilitation Services of Persons with Disabilities (SSIRPD) from Class XI onwards with an aim to encourage Students with Disabilities to pursue higher education. The details of the scholarships are as under:
|Particulars||Amount per month||No. of beneficiaries|
|Class XI & XII||₹2000||20|
|Graduate & Diploma level||₹3000||15|
|Post Graduate level||₹4000||5|
|Ph.D and other Higher Technical Professional course||₹5000||3|