Jammu and Kashmir, a state famous for being in news for all the wrong reasons has finally something to cheer at. The Prime Minister Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS), a brainchild of the NDA government has witnessed admission of over 3000 students outside the states in professional and other colleges, the highest tally ever.
According to information provided to the state Education Minister Naeem Akhtar during his visit to Amar Singh College, where the first round of counseling under PMSSS scheme concluded recently, 2,372 seats out of a total 2,401 engineering seats and 842 out of 1,089 seats in general courses were filled. Thus the total number of seats reached 3,373 which included 159 seats in medical courses, the official spokesperson said.
This is a drastic improvement compared to last year’s dismal 900 admissions under the same scheme. With a total of 6,027 students applying, this is almost 50 percent of total students who registered under the PMSSS scheme.
The Education Minister also noted that most of the students have made it to the reputed colleges, including Delhi College of Engineering, Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology, St Stephen College, Delhi University, Institute of Engineering and Technology, Rohtak and Lady Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi among few.
The Union HRD ministry has also started the online registration scheme and registration has witnessed a hike of up to 19 percent by the end of July. Students have been warned not to approach any NGOs for admission through the state government of Jammu and Kashmir.
According to the Education minister, “The state’s Education Department and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) had fine-tuned the admission procedure under the PMSSS to ensure admission of students only in recognized and reputed colleges…. As per PMSSS rules, first preference is to be given to those who have passed their class 12 examination during the last academic session but we would ensure that the unfilled seats in the reserved categories and general courses are converted into engineering seats so that the maximum number of students, including those from the 2014-15 batch, are accommodated.”
5000 scholarships worth Rs. 75 crore are to be granted to the students for undergraduate courses. The aspiring students, in order to be considered for the scholarship, must have a family income of less than Rs 600000 per annum.
Each student under the scheme would be entitled for the scholarship of up to Rs 30,000 per annum for tuition fees for general degrees, Rs. 1.25 lakhs per annum for engineering and Rs. 3 lakhs per annum for medical studies.