The Department of Social Welfare, J&K is meant for the upliftment of socially and economically weaker sections of the society. To help the poor deserving students to complete their studies without any financial constraint and to ensure that no meritorious student is deprived of quality education in reputed institutions/ colleges/universities, the department provides financial assistance in the form of various pre-matric and post-matric scholarship schemes.
This year 4, 56,086 students were awarded a scholarship under Pre-Matric scholarship for National Minorities, 48782 students under Post-Matric scholarship for National Minorities covering students pursuing various Academic/Technical Vocational courses in various parts of the country.
Further 4836 students were granted scholarships under Merit-cum-Means scholarship for National Minorities covering those students pursuing various professional/Technical courses within UT of Jammu and Kashmir and outside the UT of Jammu and Kashmir.
In addition to above 1282 students were awarded Post-Matric Scholarship OBC, 37 students covered under the Scheme Post-Matric Scholarship to Physically Handicapped and nearly 20000 students were covered under the Pre-Matric OBC scholarship scheme. Thus during the year 2019-20, nearly 530000 students of Kashmir Division (nearly 4 times higher than 2018-19) have availed benefits under various scholarship schemes being run by the department.