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SAF Madanjeet Singh Scholarships are being offered to promote regional cooperation and lifelong secular learning that emphasizes humanism and celebrates the rich heritage of South Asia’s unity in diversity at all levels and sections of the society.

The following guidelines are meant for Indian students only.


1. A student must be a SAF member. Click here to become a SAF member.

2. Scholarships are available to Indian nationals permanently living in India only.

3. Young men and women who have been selected for admission to a Postgraduate or Vocational Training Programme being offered by the following Indian open universities, are eligible for the scholarship scheme:

Aligarh Muslim University, Centre for Distance Education
Guru Nanak Dev University, Centre for Distance Education
Jamia Hamdard University, Centre for Distance Education
Jammu University, Centre for Distance Education
Kashmir University, Centre for Distance Education
Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Karnataka State Open University, Mysore, Karnataka
Madhya Pradesh Bhoj Open University, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
Nalanda Open University, Patna, Bihar
Netaji Subhas Open University, Kolkata, West Bengal
Tamilnadu Open University, Chennai, Tamilnadu
UP Rajashri Tandon Open University, Allahabad, UP
Vardhaman Mahaveer Open University, Kota, Rajasthan
Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, Nasik, Maharashtra

4. Students should not be over the age of 30 years on the date of selection.

5. Parental income including the income of the student, in case student is employed, should not exceed Rs.120,000/- per annum.

6. Students should not be engaged in other Higher Educational Programmes in other universities/institutes.

7. Eligible candidates must complete an application form for scholarship. Click here to download the form (Adobe Reader required) or contact the SAF Madanjeet Singh Scholarship Coordinator at the participating university where the student got admission.

8. Submit the completed application with supporting documents to the SAF Madanjeet Singh Scholarship Coordinator of the concerned university within two weeks of getting admission.

Awarding Criteria

9. Selection will be based on the academic excellence, social and economic background and performance in the interview.

10. If a learner engages in a business or employment during the course of studies which increases the family income level during the relevant period will result in the discontinuation of the scholarships.

11. A learner will have to undertake to enroll at least 30 new members to SAF membership, before he/she is awarded diploma/certificate/degree.


12. Each scholarship will be Rupee equivalent of US$ 100-300 per annum.

13. Students selected for scholarships will have to open a bank account to which scholarship money will be credited.

14. The tenure of scholarship will be limited to the minimum duration of the programme for which the scholar is registered. (viz. Diploma – 1 year; MA/ M.Sc. – 2 years).

15. Continuation of the scholarship is subject to satisfactory performance in the preceding year and good conduct, which will be monitored by the SAF-Madanjeet Singh Scholarship Cell in every University, Chief Scholarship Coordinator, SAF-Madanjeet Singh Scholarship Scheme, and SAF-India.

Selection Procedure

16. A student should have been accepted to an eligible programme of an Open University.

17. Apply for the SAF Madanjeet Singh Scholarships.

18. Obtain a proof of the family income of the parents including student's own income if he/she is employed.

19. The shortlisted candidates will then be informed about the interview which will be conducted by the University and a SAF representative. Candidates will have to attend interview at their own cost on the prescribed date. No request for change of the interview date will be entertained.

20. The names of candidates recommended by a state open university will be reviewed by the Chief Scholarship Coordinator for adherence to norms. The names of candidates finally approved by the Chief Scholarship Coordinator of the award of scholarship shall be final.

21. The decision communicated to the student on the selection for the scholarship shall be final. And no applicant or parties on the applicant’s behalf can prefer any claim of whatsoever nature.

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