Kerala invites applications for Merit-cum-Means Scholarships

By Najiya O.,,

Kochi: The Kerala state government has invited applications for the Merit-cum-Means Scholarships for the academic year 2009-10. The scholarship is awarded by the central Ministry of Minority Affairs. Students belonging to the Muslim and Christian communities in Kerala who are pursuing the listed technical/professional courses at the undergraduate or postgraduate level can apply for the scholarship.

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The last date of the receipt of applications is 20-08-2009. Students should submit their application forms to the head of the institution/college, who will then forward it to the state’s Department of Technical Education. For application forms and more details regarding the scholarship, students can visit the website of the Department of Technical Education:

A student should have secured admission in any technical/professional institution to be eligible for the scholarship. In case of students who have been admitted without any competitive exam, they should have acquired 50% marks in the qualifying higher secondary or graduation level. The annual income of the family from all sources should not exceed Rs 2.50 lakhs.

Full reimbursement of course fee is available for the students at the Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode, the National Institute of Technology, Calicut and the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Kannur, in the state.

This year, 830 Muslim students and 639 Christian students will get the scholarships under this category of merit cum means scholarships in the state.

In the last academic year 2008-09, the Ministry of Minority Affairs sanctioned a total of Rs 5,40,31,879 for the merit cum means scholarships in the state, for which 2239 students were selected.

The merit cum means scholarship was introduced by the central government in 2007. Thirty per cent of the scholarships is earmarked for girls.

The maintenance allowance will be credited to the student’s account. The course fee will be paid by the state department directly to the institute concerned.

The technical and professional UG and PG courses covered under the Merit-cum-Means Scholarships are listed below:

Engineering & Technology Courses (B.Tech/B.E./M.Tech.)

(1) Aeronautical Engineering (AE)

(2) Agricultural Engineering (AG),

(3) Automobile Engineering (AUE),

(4) Applied Electronics & Instrumentation (AEI),

(5) Automation and Robotics (ARE),

(6) Bio-Medical Engineering (BME),

(7) Bio-Technology (BT),

(8) Ceramic Engineering/Technology (CT),

(9) Chemical Engineering (CH),

(10) Civil Engineering (CE),

(11) Computer Science and Engineering (CS),

(12) Electrical Engineering or Electrical & Electronics Engineering (EEE),

(13) Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE),

(14) Environmental Engineering (ENE),

(15) Food Technology (FT),

(16) Industrial Engineering and Management (IEM),

(17) Information Technology (IT),

(18) Instrumentation and Control Engineering (ICE),

(19) Leather Technology (LT),

(20) Marine Engineering (MRE),

(21) Materials Science & Technology (MST),

(22) Metallurgical Engineering (MT),

(23) Mechanical Engineering (ME),

(24) Mining Engineering (MN),

(25) Oil & Paint Technology (OPT),

(26) Polymer Science and Rubber Technology (PSR),

(27) Printing Technology (PT),

(28) Production Engineering (PE),

(29) Pulp & Paper Technology (PPT),

(30) Sugar Technology (ST),

(31) Textile Engineering/Technology (TXT),

(32) Transportation Engineering (TE).

Cement Technology

(1) Post graduate diploma in cement technology

Fashion Technology (Degree from National Institute of Fashion Technology)

1. B.FTech (Design): Fashion Design, Leather Design, Accessory Design, Textile Design, Knitwear Design, Fashion Communication.

2. B.FTech (Apparel Production).

3. M.FTech: Management, Apparel Production, Design Space.


(1) Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM),

(2) Post Graduate Certificate in Management (PGCM),

(3) Executive Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Exec-PGDM),

(4) Master in Business Administration (MBA).


(1) B.Pharma

(2) M.Pharma.

Architecture & Town Planning (Under Graduate and Post Graduate level courses only)

(1) Architecture (AR),

(2) Interior Design (ID),

(3) Building Construction Technology (BCT),

(4) Planning (PL).

Hotel Management & Catering Technology (Under Graduate and Post Graduate level courses only)

(1) Hotel Management & Catering Technology (HMCT)

Applied Arts & Crafts (Under Graduate and Post Graduate level courses only)

(1) Applied Arts & Product Design (APD),

(2) Fine Arts/Applied Arts/Fine & Applied Arts (FA/AA/FAA),

(3) Fashion & Apparel Design (FAD).


(1) Master in Computer Application (MCA)

Design (Degree from National Institute of Design, Ahamdabad)

(1) Graduate diploma in design

(2) Post graduate diploma programme in design

Medical & Para Medical courses

(1) MBBS

(2) Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)

(3) Bachelor of Unani Medicine & Surgery (BUMS)

(4) Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine & Surgery)

(5) Post Graduate courses

(6) Bachelor of Physical Therapy (BPT)

(7) Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)

(8) Bachelor of occupational Therapy (BOT)

(9) Master of occupational Therapy (MOT)

(10) B.Sc. Nursing

(11) M.Sc. Nursing

(12) B.D.S.

(13) M.D.S.

Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry

(1) B.VSc. & A.H. (Bachelor of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry)

(2) PG courses

Chartered Accountancy/Institute of Cost and Work Accountancy/Company Secretary

(1) CA (Chartered Accountancy)

(2) ICWA (Institute of Cost and Work Accountancy)

(3) CS (Company Secretary).


(1) L.L.B.

(2) L.L.M