Jammu & Kashmir Students

Jammu & Kashmir Students

As the turmoil continues to persist in the troubled Kashmir region, the Indian government has decided to resolve the problems of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) students affected by the unrest.

According to the government, India’s Home Minister Rajnath Singh is trying to resolve the grievances of J&K students studying in various universities outside the state.

The government says that there are about 9,000 students from J&K regularly availing the benefit of Prime Minister Scholarship Scheme.

Some other students had concerns regarding non-release of their scholarships because of incomplete forms and admissions in the institutes which are not recognised. There is also a concern of relaxation of the norms and maintaining of standard of education in different institutes, the government said.

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Last month, Rajnath Singh had announced at Srinagar on August 25 that MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) will nominate a nodal officer to address the grievances of J&K people. Subsequently, Dr. Sanjay Roy, Director (Kashmir Division) was nominated as the nodal officer.

During the last 10 days, according to the government, over 200 grievances relating mainly to non-disbursement of scholarship and other issues have been received through telephone in MHA, in addition to, about 50 grievances through email.

These grievances have been forwarded to Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for action and resolving the issues at the earliest.

According to the official statement released Friday, the government will be convening the Inter Ministerial Committee (IMC) meeting shortly to resolve the remaining issues.

The AICTE has also issued letters to the institutes stating that the studies of these students should not be discontinued for want of scholarship money.

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