Extending the reservation applicable to Jammu and Kashmir students across all institutions in the country, AICTE, today, gave nod to increase the reserved number of seats to 10. Earlier, each institute had to reserve 2 seats in its affiliated courses for students belonging to the valley.
All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) was constituted in the year 1945 and functions as an advisory body in all matters related to technical education. The Council operates from its regional offices situated in Bhopal, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kanpur, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi and Thiruvananthapuram.
The changed reservation system would be effective from this academic session. It is to be noted that students from J&K get scholarship under ‘Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship scheme’ for pursuing general degree courses, engineering and medical studies outside the State of Jammu and Kashmir.
AICTE Chairman Prof. Anil D. Sahasrabudhe said, “As of now, there are two seats per college or institute under the scholarship scheme. As agreed by the inter-ministerial committee, from this year we will allow 10 J&K students on scholarship in the same institute. Students will then not feel isolated and have a support system when ill or when travelling back home.”
He added, “Also, we will not exceed the ceiling of 10 as we do not want any bunching of students since they could lead to certain incidents as seen in reports of an institute earlier.” Under the AICTE’s ‘Avoidance of Bunching of Students’ in a particular institute, only 2 J&K students in a particular institute get the scholarship.
AICTE also decided that the supernumerary quota of 2 seats applicable in all institutions for J&K students may be increased by the regulators to 10 per institution.
Earlier, HRD ministry had directed AICTE and University Grants Commission (UGC) to create 5 percent supernumerary seats for the differently-abled in all scheme for skill development.