Centre extends scholarship scheme for Jammu and Kashmir students

Centre extends scholarship scheme for Jammu and Kashmir students

Encouraging response leads to extension of UPA-era scheme for another five years

The Union Government has extended a United Progressive Alliance (UPA)-era scholarship scheme for students from Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh for another five years in the wake of the encouraging response it has received. The government wants to continue the scholarship along with a simultaneous focus on opening new educational institutes in the newly created Union Territories.

The Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS) was introduced by the Congress-led UPA government in 2011 to provide funding to 5,000 meritorious students each year to study in private and government educational institutions across the country. Aimed at promoting employment opportunities for students from J&K and Ladakh, the scheme, with an annual budget of ₹180-₹190 crore, is implemented by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

Centre extends scholarship scheme

According to AICTE data, there was a substantial increase in the number of applications received in the academic years 2020-21 and 2021-22, following a dip in 2018-19 and 2019-20. The rise was recorded after J&K’s special status granted under Article 370 of the Constitution was revoked by Parliament in August 2019.

Anil D. Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE, told The Hindu that the term of the scheme was due to end last year, but the Centre decided to extend it for another five years for the benefit of students.

Mr. Sahasrabudhe said the scheme offers 4,500 seats for general education courses (Bachelor’s in Arts, Commerce and Science), and 250 seats each for engineering and medical degrees. While the scholarship offered for general education courses is ₹1.3 lakh, including a ₹1 lakh maintenance fee to cover hostel and mess charges, it is ₹2.25 lakh for engineering and ₹4 lakh for medical degrees. 

‘Few takers’

“There are not many takers for general education seats. When these seats are not filled, they are converted on a pro rata basis into engineering and medical seats, raising the 500-seat limit. The ₹1 lakh maintenance fee is common for all courses. So, three unoccupied general education seats are equivalent to one medical seat and 1.8 engineering seats,” Mr. Sahasrabudhe said.

He added that the conversion rate is different each year and that’s why all 5,000 seats are never filled.

However, data showed that in the past six years, the 250 allotted medical seats were not filled. In 2020-21, only 113 students joined the medical stream through the PMSSS. In 2019-20, only 95 students opted for medicine under the scheme. 

While there were 25,970 and 24,455 applicants for the scholarship in 2020-21 and 2021-22, respectively, and 23,234 and 22,538 of them met the eligibility criteria, only 4,780 and 4,095 students finally joined colleges under the scheme.

Opting out

Mr. Sahasrabudhe said the reasons for students opting out of the scheme include securing admission in a college of their choice in J&K or Ladakh, feeling homesick, and concerns over the language barrier. 

However, he said such seats do not remain vacant as they are opened for diploma holders in the following academic year.

“If after Class 10, a student has pursued a diploma, then he or she may gain admission directly to the second year of engineering. So, they then complete engineering in three years instead of four,” Mr. Sahasrabudhe said.

Year wise registration of students under PMSSS meant for students from J&K and Ladakh

Year

Students registered

Students who joined

2012-13

5186

3775

2013-14

6706

4762

2014-15

9371

2076

2015-16

16919

1409

2016-17

9052

2274

Year

Students registered

Students who joined

2017-18

24767

2609

2018-19

18582

2404

2019-20

17521

4631

2020-21

25970

4780

2021-22

24455

4095

Not many takers for general education seats, which left unoccupied are converted to engineering and medical seats pro-rata

Year

General education

Engineering

Medical

2012-13

1174

2224

377

2013-14

1863

2481

418

2014-15

502

1523

51

2015-16

247

1133

29

2016-17

269

1981

24

Year

General education

Engineering

Medical

2017-18

194

2349

66

2018-19

465

1867

72

2019-20

851

3685

95

2020-21

783

3884

113

Source: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/centre-extends-scholarship-scheme-for-jammu-and-kashmir-students/article65470083.ece?homepage=true

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