Srinagar – The University Grants Commission (UGC), the umbrella body of higher educational institutions in India, has approved the provision of two seats for the students of Jammu and Kashmir, under supernumerary quota, in the universities and colleges outside the State.
A communiqué received by the Central University of Kashmir (CUK) Vice-Chancellor, Prof Abdul Wahid from UGC reads: On the recommendations of the Expert Group, the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), is implementing a special scholarship scheme for the students of J&K. The main objective of the scheme is to encourage students from J&K to pursue higher studies in institutions of higher learning located outside the State. During the Inter-Ministerial Committee meeting held on August 23, 2012, it has been decided that these students may be accommodated by creating two seats under supernumerary quota across the Institutions. The matter was taken up by the UGC in its meeting on September 6, 2012 and after due deliberations, the Commission accorded its approval for creation of two seats in all institutions, which are recognized under Section 2 (f) and 12 B of the UGC Act, for general Courses.
Under the scheme, students from J&K, who secure admission in the recognized institution of higher learning, will be provided scholarship to cover tuition fees, hostel fees, cost of books and other incidental charges, the communique states.
Hailing the move, Central University of Kashmir (CUK) Vice-Chancellor, Prof Abdul Wahid said the decision would provide an ample opportunity to our students to get quality education in reputed institutions of their choice. Prof Wahid, however advised the students to directly contact and approach the authorities of the respective institutions for securing their admission.
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