New Delhi: The All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has decided to make changes in the scholarship scheme for Jammu and Kashmir students.
As per the reports, currently, 2 students from the Jammu and Kashmir region are being allowed to study at an institute outside the state.
With the introduction of changes in the scholarship scheme, AICTE will allow 10 students to study under the scheme, starting from this academic session.
Students do not feel "isolated" on a faroff campus
The move is aimed at ensuring that students do not feel "isolated" on a faroff campus. The AICTE is cautious that the upper ceiling must be 10 so that there is no "bunching" of students.
"As of now, there are two seats per college or institute under the scholarship scheme. As agreed by the interministerial committee, from this year we will allow 10 J&K students on scholarship in the same institute. Students will then not feel isolated and have a support system when ill or when travelling back home," said AICTE chairman Prof Anil Sahasrabudhe.
"Also, we will not exceed the ceiling of 10 as we do not want any bunching of students since they could lead to certain incidents as seen in reports of an institute earlier," the chairman added.
The panel decided there should be a "supernumerary quota of 2 seats in all universities/colleges/institutes, for all courses, for students hailing from J&K" and "the limit of two supernumerary seat may be increased by the regulators to 10 per institute".
According to TOI reports, about 1,600 of the 5,000 available scholarships were taken by the students during the last academic year.