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News - PM's Special Scholarship Scheme for Jammu and Kashmir Students

According to the Union government, 13, 017 students have benefitted from the 'Special Scholarship Scheme' for Jammu and Kashmir, which is being implemented since 2011. The scheme aims to encourage the youth from Jammu and Kashmir to pursue higher education in educational institutions outside the state.

As per an NDTV report:

  • Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey (Human Resources Development Minister of State) told Rajya Sabha in a written that 'the government has taken several initiatives to ensure that the benefits of the scheme is availed by all deserving students'.
    Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey aslo said "As a result of various initiatives including creation of ten supernumerary quota in Engineering Colleges, more number of students are taking admission in professional courses,"

More about the scheme:

The minister explained that 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 shortfall in the number of general degree courses and in the process, allocating a higher number of students for certain professional courses.
1680 students have benefitted from the scheme in 2014-2015 financial year while 1402 students got scholarships under this scheme in 2015-16. 2240 students got benefited on 2016-17.

Source: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/education/

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