Prakash Javadekar inaugurates Indian Institute of Technology, Jammu

Prakash Javadekar inaugurates Indian Institute of Technology, Jammu

Jammu: Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on Saturday inaugurated the transit campus of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) here and praised Jammu and Kashmir for “keeping pace” with education despite a decades-long turmoil with gross enrolment figures higher than the national average.

Ninety students have been enrolled at IIT, Jammu for the first academic session.

“Jammu and Kashmir has excelled in education despite the turmoil,” said Javadekar after declaring open the institute.

“Compared to the national average of 23.6 per cent of gross enrolment in higher education, girls pursuing higher studies in Jammu and Kashmir have a 27-per cent gross enrolment, more than the 25 percent of boys, and both the figures are higher than the national average,” he added.


Jammu, Tirupati among six places to get IITs

Jammu, Tirupati among six places to get IITs

The minister said the Centre has laid emphasis on creating centres of excellence in higher education and IIT, Jammu was a step towards that direction, adding that the government has also launched a free online coaching programme for IIT aspirants.

He said the inauguration of IIT, Jammu was delayed due to a land problem.

Javadekar announced Rs 100 crore for NIT, Srinagar under a special plan this year to facilitate research and development.

He said a fund of Rs 1,000 crore has been earmarked in the Union Budget to create a finance agency and another Rs 1,000 crore is expected to come from a bank soon to create a kitty of Rs 2,000 crore for infrastructure building and research in IITs.

He said over 2,000 research proposals have been received and of these, 450 have been shortlisted and around 300-400 would be funded.

“Now, researchers will teach here and do research as well,” said Javadekar.

3,500 J&K students awarded special scholarship

More than 3,500 J&K students awarded special scholarship

New Delhi: The central government has this year awarded over 3,500 scholarships worth a total of Rs 75 crore under a special scheme for students from Jammu and Kashmir to enable them pursue higher education outside the state.

Out of more than 3,500 scholarships, Kashmir valley accounted for 1,329, Ladakh 26, and Jammu 2,255, said an official statement issued here on Sunday, citing Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar.

“Earlier, the quota for Jammu and Kashmir students in engineering colleges was limited to only 250, but this year, 1,430 students were granted admission in various reputed engineering colleges,” Javadekar said, adding that “more than 5,000 students had applied for the same”.

“Overall, Rs 75 crore worth of scholarships have been given this year under the special scholarship scheme,” he added.

Under the scheme, tuition fee up to Rs 1.25 lakh is borne by the government besides up to Rs one lakh for hostel and food expenses.

The government enhanced the quota from two seats to 10 seats in each engineering college.

Besides engineering, students are getting scholarships for nursing, medical sciences and hotel management courses.

In order to be eligible for the scholarship, the students must have passed higher secondary from a school in Jammu and Kashmir and their family income must be less than Rs six lakh a year.

The “tremendous” response to the scholarship has been due to the awareness workshops which were organised across the state in May this year, the government said.