While reports of alleged India induced oppression in the state of Jammu & Kashmir have been doing the rounds from the day the ruling party announced the removal of the provisions under Article 370 from the state, many of us have asked the question if this move will really benefit the region and its people. Land-phone lines were restored in the region a few days back, life is normalizing gradually and the now The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) has announced a 100% fee waiver for students of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.
The move is aimed at improving the higher education scenario in the state and the newly-formed union territory.
The fee waiver announcement applies to two major courses CS Foundation Programme and the CS Executive Programme.Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, Lok Sabha MP from Ladakh said that such steps will bring students of the region into the mainstream.
ICSI president Mr Ranjeet Pandey stated that ICSI has been supporting the government of India in the latter’s numerous initiatives and he believes that this move will hugely benefit the youth of the country. The decision will come into effect from 1 September 2019.
Now that Jammu & Kashmir does not have special status and
Ladakh is a separate union territory, the Ministry of Higher Education should take up the agenda of bettering the state of higher education in the region. The Department of Higher Education should ensure that the youth of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh are not deprived of any career or education opportunity.
ICSI has also announced the ICSI Signature Award, consisting of a gold medal and certificate, every year for the B. Com topper.
Such incentives and other higher education scholarship schemes will go a long way in encouraging the students of the northern state to take up higher education.
Every year, the three students who have scored the most in the B. Com examinations of the union territory will not need to pay the registration fees of the Executive Programme stage of the Company Secretaryship Course, under ICSI.
Jammu & Kashmir has gone through a lot and the result has directly affected the education scenario in the state. Similar initiatives by the directorate of higher education will play a significant role in promoting higher education in the state and students will be encouraged to study beyond higher secondary education. Such moves will also empower the youth of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, nurture their brilliance and encourage them to start walking towards the path of economic and social development.