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Central govt scholarships worth 75 cr J&K students

New Delhi: Union HRD ministry has awarded special educational schoalrships worth Rs. 75 crores to more than 3500 students of Jammu & Kashmir for the academic year 2016-17 for pursuing higher education outside J&K. For creating awareness about these special scholarships, about ten awareness workshops were held in the state because of which more than 5000 boy and girl students of J&K have applied for these scholarships, according to Union HRD minister Prakash Javadkar. He said that because of awareness workshops organised at places like Kupwara, Anantnag, PUlwama, Srinagar, Jammu, Doda, Rajouri, Kargil, Kathua and Leh in the month of May this year, the response from students was very good. Of the more than 5 thousand applicants, scholarships were given to slightly more than 3500 of whom 1329 students were from Kashmir Valley, 2255 students from Jammu and 26 from Ladakh.

It is significant to note that from Kashmir Valley which is much bigger than Jammu, 1329 students were given scholarships and from Jammu, as many as 2255 students were given scholarships. Another significant feature of these scholarships is that whereas previously the quota for J&K students in engineering colleges was limited to 250 students only, this year 1430 students were given admissions in various reputed engineering colleges. This year hotel management and nursing courses were also included under this special scholarship scheme. Each student will get about Rs. 2.25 lakh annually as scholarship (Rs. 1.25 lakh as tuition fees and about Rs. 1 lakh towards hostel accommodation and boarding i.e. food charges.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 September 2016 on page no. 14

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