New Delhi, July 28: At least 13,014 students benefitted from Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme for Jammu & Kashmir since 2011. This information was given by the Minister of State (HRD), Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey in a written reply to a Rajya Sabha on Thursday.
Minister Pandey said the Special Scholarship Scheme for Jammu & Kashmir is being implemented since 2011 has benefitted as many as 13,014 students till now. “The Government has taken several initiatives to ensure that the benefits of the scheme are availed by all deserving students. As a result of various initiatives, including the creation of ten supernumerary quotas in Engineering Colleges, more number of students are taking admission in professional courses,” the Minister added.
Giving the detail of beneficiaries, Minister Pandey informed Rajya Sabha that 1680 students in the academic year 2014-15, while 1402 in 2015-16 and 2240 in 2016-17. “13014 students from Jammu & Kashmir have benefitted from this scheme so far,” he added.
The Special Scholarship Scheme for Jammu and Kashmir is being implemented since 2011. The scheme aims to encourage the youth from Jammu & Kashmir to pursue higher education in educational institutions outside the state.
The scheme envisages to provide 5000 fresh scholarships every year (4500 for General, 250 for Engineering and 250 for Medical studies). There is a provision of inter-changeability of slots, subject to the shortfall in the number of General degree courses and in the process, allocating a higher number of students for certain professional courses.