About the student scholarships NTSE, NMMS
Dimapur, Feb. 25 (EMN): The annual administrative report for 2019-2020 of the State Council of Educational Research and Training (Scert) states that the national talent search examination (NTSE) and the national means-merit scholarship (NMMS) are schemes implemented by the government of India through the ministry of Human Resource Development.
According to the updates by the Scert, the main objective of the NTSE is to identify meritorious students and to nurture their talent. The NMMS is to identify meritorious students particularly from the economically weaker section of the society including the physically challenged and to reduce the dropout rate at the elementary level.
The department stated that the task of conducting the state level examinations for these schemes has been entrusted to the Scert by the state government. As for eligibility, the department stated that students of class 10 from both private and government schools who have passed class-10 with 50 percent marks for Scheduled Tribe (ST) / Scheduled Caste (SC) category and 55 percent for the general category are eligible for the NTSE examination which is conducted in three stages. For the NMMS examination, only government school children of class-8 with 50 percent marks, and of the ST/SC category and 55 percent for the general category are eligible.
For the second stage of examination for NTSE, 25 students as per the state quota can sit for the examination while 180 students can avail the NMMS scholarship provided the qualifying scores have been obtained by the candidates, the updates stated.
The department stated that 1268 students of both government and private schools appeared for the NTSE examination while 706 students of government schools appeared for the NMMS which was conducted on November 2 2019. See table