Swami Vivekananda Scholarship is a scheme launched by the government of West Bengal to serve as a medium providing the financial benefit on the basis of merit for young students. Also known as Bikash Bhavan Scholarship it provides opportunities for students at higher secondary, undergraduate, and postgraduate levels. The program was revamped in 2016 to increase the number of seats thereby opening up a wider set of opportunities for students. The amount of money allocated for the scholarship increased from INR 45 crore to INR 2000 crore.
Aimed at providing benefits for the meritorious students belonging to the lower economic bracket of the state, the scholarship scheme aims to positively affect students studying in 11th, 12th, graduate, postgraduate, doctoral, and recipients of the Kanyashree recipients. The program is aimed to improve participation at undergraduate, postgraduate, M.Phil, and doctoral levels within the state. The online application of the process starts during the second week of September and the deadline lasts till up to the fourth week of September. For minority students, the portal opens during the fourth week of July and closes around the last week of September.
The eligibility criteria state that the candidate must be a resident of West Bengal and must be pursuing an education at the post-madhyamik level and onwards. The student must also graduate from an educational institution that is under the jurisdiction of the state government. Another important aspect is that the annual family income must not exceed INR 2.5 lakhs. At the higher secondary level of studies, candidates must have passed their 10th standard boards with no backlogs and must have an aggregate of 75 percent. For students at the Diploma, level candidates must have passed their equivalent 10th standard board exams and their 12th standard exams. This also includes facets of modern office practices and management, pharmacy along with 3-D animation and graphics with an aggregate score of 75 percent. At an undergraduate level candidates must have passed their 12th standard board exams with a minimum score of 75 percent. For postgraduate students, it is essential that they complete their honors in engineering subjects at the graduation level with a percentage of 55. For Kanyashree students must be a recipient of the K-2 ID. Candidates must also be pursuing their course in Arts, Science or Commerce stream. And the cutoff is lowered down to 45 percent. For M.Phil scholars, the students must be enrolled in a Ph.D. or M. Phil program in a state-run university and no minimum cutoff is applicable.
Some of the documentation required are scanned copies of your last mark sheets, admit card of 10th standard, income certificate, income affidavit, scanned copy of bank passbook that mentions bank details and IFSC code, any one of the identification numbers mentioned in the Aadhar card, ration card or voter ID card and finally multiple copies of recent passport size photographs each ranging between the size of 10-50 KB. Some of the documentation required are scanned copies of your last mark sheets, admit card of 10th standard, income certificate, income affidavit, scanned copy of bank passbook that mentions bank details and IFSC code, any one of the identification numbers mentioned in the Aadhar card, ration card or voter ID card and finally multiple copies of recent passport size photographs each ranging between the size of 10-50 KB.