The All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has decided to rework the scholarship scheme for Jammu & Kashmir students. From this academic session, the AICTE will allow up to 10 students, instead of just two, from the region to study at an institute outside the state.
The move is aimed at ensuring that students do not feel “isolated” on a far-off campus. As of now, there are two seats per college or institute under the scholarship scheme.
As per the ‘bunching’ norms, only two students per institute are awarded this scholarship to “avoid bunching in any one particular institute and to have an even distribution of students among various institutes of the country”.
Last year in November 2015, the ceiling was reviewed in a meeting of the inter-ministerial committee. Also, in the last academic year, about 1,600 of the 5,000 available scholarships were taken.