NEW DELHI: Five thousand fresh scholarships are available every year under the Special Scholarship Scheme for Jammu & Kashmir launched in 2011 by the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development.
The students belonging to J&K who, after passing Class XII or equivalent examination through the State Board and CBSE affiliated schools in the state and have secured admission in Government colleges/institutes and other select institutes outside the State are provided with tuition fees, hostel fees, cost of books and other incidental charges under this scheme.
Five thousand fresh scholarships are available every year, of which 4500 scholarships are for general degree courses, 250 for engineering and 250 for medical studies.
The scheme is being implemented through a web portal of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) (http://www.aicte-india.org/JnKadmissions.html). In order to provide an all India exposure to the students of J&K, these scholarships are limited to five per institute plus seats in Centrally Funded Technical Institutions. Inter-changeability of slots amongst General Degree, Medical and Engineering streams is also permissible with the approval of the Inter Ministerial Committee (IMC). The provisions of reservation as per J&K State Government reservation norms are also provided for.
While the number of scholarships awarded in the year 2011-12 was only 38, it increased to 3340 in the year 2012-13. For the year 2013-14, scholarships to 1502 students were approved on 8th November, 2013. In the 8th meeting of Inter Ministerial Committee (IMC), held on 26.11.2013, it was decided that scholarship may be provided to the remaining 2245 eligible candidates subject to their giving an undertaking that in the next academic year they may be relocated to other institutes within the same university or other university in the region. Thus, in the current academic session 3747 students would be eligible for scholarships covering the entire budgeting allocation for year.
The IMC also decided that from the academic year 2014-15, only those students would be eligible for scholarship who apply through the above AICTE portal and are allotted colleges/seats or those who are admitted to the centrally funded institutions of their own merit. The State Government would be playing an active role in proper dissemination of the scheme and helping AICTE and the students in properly filling the web application requirements.
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