There is a major increase in the number of students who took admission in various institutions in one of the most sensitive areas of our country i.e. Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) through PMSSS. Over 4,400 students got the admission in renowned institutions which is double than what it was the last year. (2,543 students in 2018).
The figures for the last few years are as follows:
- 3,021 students in 2017
- 2,168 students in 2016
- 1,341 students in 2015
- 1,968 students in 2014
It’s a great sign for India. The people are realising that education plays a vital role in the progress of society.
Seeing this success, the Supreme Court extended the deadline for PMSSS scholars to report at their respective institutes from August 15th to September 15th, on the state administration’s request.
After the present government’s decision of removing the Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under article 370 of the constitution into two union territories, the region remains affected by the ill effects of the amendment and faces a lot of restrictions on communication and movement.
“J&K scholarship scheme of government got major success this year with 74% increase in J&K students taking admissions in reputed institutions outside J&K. Thanks to streamlining of processes by AICTE,” HRD Secretary R. Subrahmanyam said in a tweet.
What is PMSSS?
Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS) is an AICTE scholarship that allows Jammu and Kashmir students to pursue postgraduate studies outside the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It was initiated in the year 2011. The scheme is offered by All India Council for Technical Education. The J&K cell deals with the proper implementation of the scheme.
The objectives of the Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme are to:
- To improve employment opportunities for youngsters by providing financial assistance.
- To conduct workshops regarding the awareness of the scheme.
- To conduct counselling for admission of candidates.
- To provide scholarships to eligible students.
- Redressal of complaints of PMSSS candidates.