The Ministry of Culture is implementing the scheme component of ‘Scholarships to Young Artists in Different Cultural Fields (SYA)’ to grant Scholarship to Young Artists in different cultural fields including traditional arts forms for undergoing advanced training in their respective fields. Under this scheme component, a Scholarship of Rs. 5,000/- per month is provided to selected Scholars for a period of 02 years in four equal six monthly installments. The selected scholars should be in the age group of 18 years to 25 years and have been undergoing training under any Guru or Institution for a minimum of 5 years. The Scholars are selected on the basis of their performance in a personal interview / interaction before an Expert Committee for Scholarship constituted by the Ministry.
‘Award of Scholarships to Young Artists in Different Cultural Fields’ is one of the three scheme components of a scheme namely ‘Scheme of Scholarship and Fellowship for Promotion of Art and Culture’. An amount of Rs. 15.83 crores has been allocated during the FY 2020-21 for all the three components of the above said scheme including the scheme component of ‘Award of Scholarships to Young Artists in Different Cultural Fields’.
The number of young artists who have availed Award during the last three batch years i.e 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 is 312, 315 and 384 respectively.
This information was given by the Minister of State (I/c) of Culture and Tourism, Shri Prahlad Singh Patel in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.