Shri Salman Khurshid, Minister of Minority Affairs, here today launched the ‘Student Module’ of the Online Scholarship Management System (OSMS) for Merit-cum-Means based scholarship scheme of the Ministry of Minority Affairs. With this facility now the students can apply online from anywhere for getting this Scholarship. Just after the launch of this facility two students actually registered themselves online for the Scholarship in the presence of the Minister. Shri Vivek Mehrotra, Secretary, Ministry of Minority Affairs, and other senior officers of the Ministry were also present on the occasion. Shri Mehrotra gave details of various features of the OSMS being employed by the Ministry for its Merit-cum-Means based scholarship scheme for the students of Minority Communities. He said that prior to this the ‘Institute Module’ of the software was made live from 1st March, 2011. The site can be accessed through URL www.momascholarship.gov.in . A link to the same is also available in the website of the Ministry of Minority Affairs i.e. www.minorityaffairs.gov.in. The software has been developed and maintained by the NIC.Launching the new facility Shri Salmen Khurshid hoped that the OSMS for Merit-cum-Means based scholarship scheme will be a great success and then this type of technical facility will be extended to other Scholarship Schemes of the Ministry of Minority Affairs. He said that the vast opportunities provided by the new technologies should be fully utilized for the welfare of people, including Minorities; and today’s launch is a step in that direction.
The Ministry of Minority Affairs had decided to have an online system for the Scholarship Scheme in October last year. A consensus to this effect was arrived at with all States/UTs in a meeting held with them on 9 November, 2010. The project was sanctioned in November, 2010 and work for the development of the software was entrusted to NIC.