The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development has launched a Special Scholarship Scheme for J&K students appearing for class XII or equivalent exams through the State Board of Jammu & Kashmir or Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) affiliated schools located in J&K.
According to sources under the scheme, 5000 scholarships will be given every year to J&K students, who seek admission outside the State to pursue higher education in general degree courses, engineering and medical studies in government colleges and other non-government institutes recognized by AlCTE or UGC.
Sources said that out of these, 4500 scholarships would be for general degree courses and 250 each for medical and engineering courses. An amount of up to Rs.30,000 per annum for general degree courses, up to Rs.1.25 lakh per annum for engineering and up to Rs.3 lakh per annum for medical studies are being given to every scholar as tuition fees.
They added that in addition to this, hostel fees and incidentals is also being given for all categories of courses up to a ceiling of Rs. one lakh per annum. Efforts are also being made by the Ministry to popularize the scheme among the students by publishing it at school level.
In order to improve the delivery-mechanism and also effectively monitor the progress of the scheme, it has been assigned to the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for implementation through an e-portal from the Academic Year 2012-13.