NEC Merit Scholarship to the students of the North East (NE) Region


Secretary, North Eastern Council (NEC) is pleased to make the following rules to
regulate the grant of NEC Merit Scholarship (hereinafter “scholarship”) to the students of the North East (NE) Region undergoing studies in different disciplines at different levels in Institutions inside as well as outside the North-East but within the country as specified hereinafter. The rules may be called “Rules for award of NEC Merit Scholarship”. These rulesshall come into force from the Financial year 2020-21 and will supersede the previous rules on the above mentioned scheme.


These scholarships are available for studies in India only and shall be awarded by the
North Eastern Council, Ministry of Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, Government of India, Shillong to the eligible candidates of the North Eastern States.


  • The scholarship is open only to a student who is a permanent resident of any of the North Eastern States.
  • For candidates belonging to Academic Year 2020-21 and onwards, the scholarship under this scheme shall be disbursed only through National Scholarship Portal (NSP).
  • However, the students, who already have been receiving scholarship before these rules coming into force, shall continue to receive their scholarships as per the prevailing procedure till end of their scholarships tenure.

Once selected, the scholarship shall be available to a selected student for the prescribed duration of a course subject to fulfillment of renewal conditions, as specified under Para 6 of these rules. Extension of scholarship beyond the prescribed period of study will not be

Note 1:- [Student enrolled in integrated course will be entitled to receive the
scholarship for the full duration of the course as per the admissible rates at para
Note 2: – [The scholarship for M.Phil. will be available for 2 years and for Ph.D
scholarship shall be for 3 years.]

Qualifying examination

Diploma: HSLC/HSSLC/Secondary School Leaving /Senior Secondary Leaving certificate examination from a recognised State/Central board with minimum 60% marks in aggregate.

Degree: HSSLC/Senior Secondary Leaving certificate examination from a recognised State/Central board with minimum 60% marks in aggregate.

Post Graduate: Degree level examination in any discipline (BA/BSc/BE/B Tech/ MBBS/ LLB/ BCA/ BBA etc. of any recognized Institute/ University with minimum 60% marks in aggregate.

M.Phil./Ph.D: PG degree from any recognized University with minimum 60% marks in aggregate.


Respective Department of the State Governments / NEC will announce the details of the Scheme and invite applications by issuing an advertisement in the leading newspapers and
through the websites and other media outfits. The advertisement shall give pertinent details,
about scheme, certificates etc. are required to be uploaded /submitted along with the application form and timelines. The advertisement will also be displayed prominently on National Scholarship Portal.

The applicants are required to fill up application form on National Scholarship Portal
(NSP) (, within the prescribed date for receipt of application, following due procedure/guidelines mentioned thereon. They may also fill up the application form using NSP Mobile app or UMANG Mobile App. The applicants are, however, encouraged to apply at the earliest as it will provide them opportunity to make correction/updating etc. in their application, if suggested by the verification authority

The applicant must be in possession of following documents at the time of application.
He/ She may be asked to upload a scanned copy of these documents as per requirement or extant rules /guidelines.

In case of doubt/clarification regarding the above rules, the matter shall be referred to the
Director (HRD&E), North Eastern Council Secretariat, Shillong – 793003, Contact No.

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