The Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development has been running the Special Scholarship Scheme for Jammu & Kashmir from 2011.
The scheme focuses on providing tuition fees, hostel fees, cost of books and other incidental changes to students belonging to Jammu & Kashmir who, after passing Class XII or equivalent examination through the State Board of Jammu & Kashmir and from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) affiliated schools located in Jammu & Kashmir, have secured admission in Government colleges/ institutes and other selected institutes outside the state of Jammu & Kashmir.
Five thousand fresh scholarships are available every year, of which 4500 scholarships are for general degree courses, 250 for engineering and 250 for medical studies.
The scheme has been implemented through web portal of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).
In order to provide an all India exposure to the students of J & K, these scholarships limited to five per institute plus seats in Centrally Funded Technical Institutions. Inter changeability of slots amongst General Degree, Medical and Engineering streams is also permissible with the approval of the Inter Ministerial Committee (IMC).
While the number of scholarships awarded in the year 2011-12 was only 38, it increased to 3340 in the year 2013-13. For the year 2013-14, scholarships to 1502 students were approved on 8th November, 2013. In the 8th meeting of Inter Ministerial Committee (IMC), held on 26th November 2013. It was decided that scholarship may be provided to the remaining 2245 eligible candidates subject to their giving and undertaking that in the next academic year they may be relocated to other institutes within the same university or other university in the region.