NCERT is Implementing Agency for the NTS Scheme
The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has stalled the NTS Scheme till further orders. The reason for stalling the NTS Scheme has not been disclosed.
NCERT Notice on Stalling NTS Scheme
NCERT has posted a notice on NTS on its website which is signed by the Professor and Head, NCERT, Indrani S. Bhaduri. The notice read “The NTS Scheme was approved till 31st March 2021. The further implementation of the scheme in its present form has not been approved and has been stalled till further orders. This is for the information of all concerned”.
The National Talent Search (NTS) Scheme is a central sector scheme fully funded by the Ministry of Education (MoE) Government of India (GoI). NCERT is an implementing agency for the NTS Scheme. The Scheme was approved till 1st March 2021. NCERT has not cited any reason for the notice of stalling the NTS Scheme.
The Current NTS Scheme
The scholarship under the present scheme is awarded to the candidates for pursuing courses in science and social science up to the doctoral level and in professional courses like medicine and engineering up to the second-degree level subject to the fulfillment of the conditions provided in this brochure. As on date, 2000 scholarships are awarded in the country with reservation of 15 percent for SC, 7.5 percent for ST and 27 percent for other backward classes, and 4 percent for a group of students with benchmark disabilities.
Identification of talent comprises a two-stage selection process. While the individual State/UT conducts the first stage selection, the second stage selection at the national level is carried out by the NCERT.
All students studying in Class X in any type of recognized school will be eligible to appear at the State Level Examination from the State in which the school is located.