Information on Scholarships/Financial support

The following Scholarships/Financial Support are available to students admitted to SAU in the Academic Session 2019-20:

 

President's Scholarships (For MA/MSc and LLM students only): Two scholarships are offered for each academic programme: one to the student scoring the highest marks in the Entrance Test in the Indian list and the other to the student scoring the highest marks in the non-Indian list (South Asian countries other than India) who finally joins the University. * The scholarship is offered for two years and will be renewed in the second year subject to satisfactory performance in first year. Details are as follows:

 

The President’s scholarship will comprise: Tuition fee waiver + Hostel fee waiver (if applicable) + INR 7,000 per month as living allowance. Awardees will also receive an amount of INR 10,000 (applicable to non-Indian students) and Rupees 5,000 (applicable to Indian students) as a “Start-up Allowance” at the beginning of their tenure so as to help meet part of their inbound travel cost and book purchases etc., and as a “Pack-up Allowance” at the end to cover their outbound travel and excess baggage cost respectively.

 

The continuation of the President’s Scholarships for the subsequent year is subject to the recipients obtaining the CGPA not less than 5.0 (Science stream – Biotechnology, Computer Science and Maths) and 4.5 (Non-science stream – Economics, Sociology, International Relations and Law) at the end of the 2nd semester. If the concerned awardee fails to secure the minimum CGPA, the President’s scholarship shall be discontinued. The concerned student may apply for SAU Freeship. However, award of SAU Freeships is contingent on satisfying the requirements as mentioned in this document.

 

SAARC India Silver Jubilee Scholarships for Master’s and PhD Programmes: SAARC-India Silver Jubilee Scholarships (SJS), instituted by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Government of India, are offered for Master’s and Doctoral level studies to meritorious students coming from one of the following list of eligible countries specified by the MEA: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives and Nepal. MEA has made available 75 SJS scholarships for Masters level students to SAU. The MEA has laid down detailed criteria regarding the award of these scholarships. SJS scholarships are awarded based on merit. Also, 50% of SJS scholarships are reserved for female candidates. In case, there are not sufficient numbers of female students, then these scholarships may be awarded to the male students. SJS scholarships are given for two years and thus, no fresh SJS scholarship shall be awarded in the second year of a Master’s programme. However, a SJS scholarship can be discontinued after the end of the first year if a student fails to maintain the requisite CGPA as discussed below.

 

Award of SJS scholarships to First Year Masters students: Approximately 35 scholarships (five scholarships per program) will be awarded. In each programme, one scholarship will be awarded to top-ranking students in terms of their performance in the entrance examinations from each of the eligible countries with two to three scholarships awarded to female candidates. If there are not sufficient number of country representations, then the scholarship will be given to the next rank holder, irrespective of which of the eligible country (s)he belongs to. The scholarships may be extended in the second year provided the awardees secure a minimum CGPA of 5.0 (Science stream – Biotechnology, Computer Science and Maths) and 4.5 (Non-science stream – Economics, Sociology, International Relations and Law). If the concerned awardee fails to secure the minimum CGPA, the SJS scholarship shall be discontinued. The concerned student may apply for SAU Freeship. However, award of SAU Freeships is contingent on satisfying the requirements as mentioned in this document.

 

The SJS Scholarship will comprise: Tuition Fee waiver + Hostel Fee waiver + living allowance of INR 7,000 per month (Master’s level programmes) or INR 25,000 per month (PhD programmes). Awardees will also receive an amount of Rupees 10,000 as a “Start-up Allowance” at the beginning of their tenure so as to help meet part of their inbound travel cost and book purchases etc, and as a “Pack-up Allowance” at the end to cover their outbound travel and extra baggage cost respectively.

 

SAU Merit Scholarships (For MA/MSc and LLM students only): Two SAU Merit scholarships are available in each academic programme and shall be awarded as per the following criteria:

 

India: Based on the entrance test, from the merit list the top two students will be awarded with SAU merit scholarships, which excludes President scholarship holder.

 

Non-Indian: Based on the entrance test, from the merit list the top two students will be awarded SAU merit scholarships, which excludes the holders of President and any SJS scholarships, who finally join the University.

 

These scholarships are offered for two years and will be renewed in the second year subject to satisfactory performance in first year. Details are as follows:

 

SAU Merit scholarships may be renewed in the second year provided the awardees secure a minimum CGPA of 5.0 (Science stream – Biotechnology, Computer Science and Maths) and 4.5 (Non-science stream – Economics, Sociology, International Relations and Law). If the concerned awardee fails to secure the minimum CGPA, the SAU merit scholarship shall be discontinued. The concerned student may apply for SAU Freeship. However, award of SAU Freeships is contingent on satisfying the requirements as mentioned in this document.

 

The SAU Merit scholarship will comprise: Tuition fee waiver + Hostel fee waiver (if applicable) + INR 5,000 per month as living allowance.

 

SAU Financial Support based on income criteria (For MA/MSc and LLM students only): SAU provides two types of financial support at Masters level to deserving candidates.

 

i. Tuition fee + hostel fee (if applicable) waiver + 5,000 INR stipend per month as living allowance

ii. Tuition fee + hostel fee (if applicable) waiver.

 

These are offered to economically weaker students depending on their family income. The Scholarship Committee shall determine the income level by taking into account various factors such as past practices followed by the university to determine this level, applications received, funds available etc. These will be duly notified in due course. Students who wish to apply for SAU Financial support may do so upon joining the university. The application for SAU financial support should be accompanied by documents that disclose the total family income such as:

a) Income tax returns

b) An income certificate issued by a government body/agency

c) Any other document, which is approved by a government agency/body/official that clearly states the total family income.

 

The following documents shall not count towards providing valid proof of family income – affidavits, letters issued by private employers, bank account statements unless corroborated.

 

Wrongful disclosure of family income, concealing any material fact pertaining to family income or submitting forged documents may attract strict disciplinary action. The committee may refer such matters to SAU’s Proctor.

 

SAU Tuition Fee Waiver for PhD Students: All PhD students will receive tuition fee waiver.

 

Financial Support from SAU for PhD Programmes: Currently, the financial support for PhD students is INR 25,000 per month and is awarded to students not receiving any kind of scholarship/sponsorship or JRF support from agencies like UGC/CSIR/DBT/ICMR etc. or similar agencies in other SAARC countries. Any PhD student, who undertakes regular or full time employment, after the mandatory residential requirement given in SAU bylaws, shall immediately inform the same to SAU’s Deputy Registrar (Scholarships) for the termination of the financial assistance.

 

Duration of Scholarships/Freeships: In all cases, scholarships and freeships are designed to cover the entire duration of the academic programme to which a student is admitted. However, renewal in subsequent year(s) depends on satisfactory academic performance and maintenance of hostel/university discipline, which will be reviewed at the end of the each year. All recipients of scholarships and freeships must therefore be regular in attending classes and make full efforts in sustaining and improving their academic performance. Maximum duration of SAU PhD scholarship would be 5 years.

For Masters students, first year scholarships will cover the summer vacation period at the end of the first two semesters. Scholarships for June and July to continuing students will be disbursed at the end of July, after they re-join the University. In the second year of all Master’s level programmes, scholarships and freeships will cease at the end of the academic session i.e. end of May and will not cover the summer vacation period at the end of the second year.

 

PhD fellowships from external agencies: PhD students who have qualified for JRF support from agencies like the Indian UGC/CSIR/DBT and ICMR, or similar agencies and/or sponsors in other countries may avail of the fellowship as per the terms and conditions of the granting agencies. However, if they receive fees and hostel allowances, these will be recovered from them to the extent of their allowance.

 

No student can avail of two scholarships at any one time.

While the SAU has a liberal policy with regard to awarding freeshi ps to students from economically weaker families, it is not guaranteed that all applicants will necessarily receive some scholarship or freeship. Students must be prepared to meet the deficit from their own sources.

 

Disclaimer: In case of any typographical or unintentional errors in the rules, regulations, bye-laws etc., the decision of the President will prevail.

* Should scholarship holding student withdraw his/her admission 30 days after enrolment/registration (26th July) his/her scholarship will not be ordinarily transferred to the next student. Even if transferred in rare circumstances, the benefits shall be awarded from the date of the award. In no situation, the new awardee shall be entitled to benefits of the scholarship retrospectively.

 

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