J&K Government To Monitor PMSSS

KL Report

JAMMU

J&K government informed the state legislature on Sunday that it will get “actively involved” in the implementing the Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS) from 2014 onwards. Right now it lacks any role in the scheme that HRD Ministry in implementing directly.

State’s Higher Education Akbar Lone said the state government would be actively involved in the scheme, so that aspiring students get benefits of scheme under PMSSS.

Lone said during the academic year 2013-14, the AICTE has received 5608 applications, but recommended only 1502 eligible students for Scholarship based on maximum 5 students from a particular College.

On the recommendations made by the Chief Minister to the Prime Minister for clearing scholarship cases of the ineligible students as a one-time relaxation for safeguarding their future, Lone said an Inter-Ministerial Committee during its 8th meeting held on November 26, 2013 recommended additional 2245 ineligible candidates for scholarship on the basis of taking into account the relocation proposal as well as financial constraints.

Now, therefore, 3747 (1502+2245) candidates were recommended for scholarship during the year 2013-14, subject to the condition that in the next academic year the additional students would be relocated to other institutions within the same University (wherever possible) or other University in the region subject to vacancy in the second year.

AICTE will also obtain an undertaking from the students regarding their relocation to the other institutes as per their preference or as per the allotment to be made by AICTE, Lone maintained.

Lone said that the role of NGO’s has been viewed seriously and referred to CID for identification of such persons / NGOs, who got even those students admitted in bulk in various colleges outside the state who did not fulfill the eligibility conditions prescribed in the scheme. The report is awaited and investigation agency has been asked to submit the same to the government.

A number of lawmakers in state’s Upper House including Syed Rafiq Shah, Nayeem Akhtar, B R Kundal, Ghulam Nabi Monga, Showkat Ganai, Naresh Kumar, Davinder Singh Rana, Janangir Hussain Mir and Dr Shehnaz Ganai took up the issue and its impact on the future of the students. Lone assured them the case regarding misdeeds of various NGOs would be send to the Crime branch for further investigation and necessary action will be initiated.

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