The Ministry of Human Resource development awarded scholarships worth a total of Rs 75 crore under a special scheme for students from Jammu and Kashmir to enable them pursue higher education outside the state. Under this special scheme over 3,500 students are likely to benefit this year.
Out of more than 3,500 scholarships, Kashmir valley accounted for 1,329, Ladakh 26, and Jammu 2,255, according to an official statement issued by MHRD. The government enhanced the quota from two seats to 10 seats in each engineering college. Under the scheme, tuition fee up to Rs 1.25 lakh is borne by the government besides up to Rs one lakh for hostel and food expenses.
Earlier, the quota for Jammu and Kashmir students in engineering colleges was limited to only 250, but this year, 1,430 students were granted admission in various reputed engineering colleges.
Besides engineering, students are getting scholarships for nursing, medical sciences and hotel management courses. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, the students must have passed higher secondary from a school in Jammu and Kashmir and their family income must be less than six lakh rupees a year.
Due to the awareness workshops which were organised across the state in May this year, the response for availing the scholarship has been excellent with as many as 5,000 students had applied for the same