3373 students from JK secure admission under PMSSS
Over three thousand students from Jammu and Kashmir have secured admission in various professional and other colleges outside the State under the Prime Minister's Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS).
Minister for Education, Naeem Akhtar gave the information during his visit to Amar Singh College Srinagar where the first round of counseling under PMSSS concluded today.
The Minister was informed that out of 2401 seats in engineering, 2372 were filled, while out of 1089 seats in general courses, 842 were filled till this evening. He was informed that besides 159 seats filled in medical courses will be also covered under PMSSS taking the total number of seats to filled 3373.
This is the highest number of students ever who have made it to various colleges under PMSSS. Last year only 900 students had secured admission under the scheme.
The counseling under PMSSS, which began on 26 July 2016, was simultaneously conducted at Amar Singh College and Government College for Women Gandhi Nagar Jammu.
The Minister said 6027 students from J&K had registered under PMSSS for admission to various colleges outside the state for the current academic session. "Most of the students have got admission in some reputed colleges including Delhi College of Engineering, Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology, St Stephen's College, Delhi University Institute of Engineering and Technology, Lady Shri Ram College for Women New Delhi, Birla Institute of Technology Jharkhand, Rajiv Gandhi Government Engineering College Himachal Pradesh (HP), Netaji Subash Institute of Technology Delhi and DAV College Haryana," he said.
Responding to the plea of some agitating students who had qualified the 10+2 examination in 2014-15 that they should be also considered for admission under PMSSS, the Minister assured them that Government would ensure that no seat goes unfilled and second round of counseling would start immediately after the results of NEET and CET are out.
"As per PMSSS rules, first preference is to be given to the students who have qualified their 10+2 examination during the last academic session, but we would ensure that the unfilled seats in reserved categories and general courses are converted into engineering seats so that maximum number of students including those from 2014-15 batch are accommodated," he said.
The Minister said for the current financial year, Rs 75 crore worth scholarships are available to J&K students under PMSSS. He said while upto Rs 30000 per annum would be available as scholarship under PMSSS for general courses, upto Rs 1.25 lakh per annum would be available for engineering courses and upto Rs 3 lakh per annum for medical/dental courses.