Srinagar, Oct 9: Governor NN Vohra on Tuesday underscored the importance of enlarging awareness among the students of Jammu and Kashmir about the Special Scholarship Scheme launched by the Central Government to enable them to pursue higher studies and various professional courses outside the State.
The Governor, as Chief Guest, was addressing a gathering before flagging-off a group of 700 students from the State at SKICC here today during a function organized by the Jammu and Kashmir Peace Foundation.
These students have been selected for pursuing various professional courses in different institutions in the country under the Special Scholarship Scheme of the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development.
Referring to the "unfortunate phase" through which the State had passed in the past years, the Governor observed that "this had caused a serious set back to the education sector."
He said that consequent to the visit of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, to J&K in 2010, an expert group had been set up to formulate a scheme to help the students of the State in pursuing education in various educational institutions in the country.
Giving details of the scholarship scheme, he expressed satisfaction that with the enlargement of the awareness of this scheme among the students a good number of them are availing the scholarship this year. He advised the students to take benefit of the scheme.
The Governor observed that it would be useful to set up an Overview Committee, to meet twice a year for reviewing and monitoring the implementation of the Scheme. He stressed that it is the responsibility of all the stakeholders to draw the maximum possible advantage of this scheme.
Mufti Azam Jammu and Kashmir, Mufti Bashir-ud-Din, who presided over the function threw light on the importance of education. Khawaja Farooq Renzushah, Vice Chairman, SDA, spoke on the occasion.