Srinagar, July 06: In six academic years, only 51.01 per cent students from the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir have been enrolled under Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS).
According to details available with the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) only 15303 students of JK got admission under this scheme in six academic years.
The data reveals that of the total number of 30,000 seats allotted for JK students during these years, only 15303 were filled.
The PMSSS scheme for under graduate students was started in the year 2011 with the intake capacity of 5,000 seats for one academic year.
Earlier, assistant director and then public information officer (PIO) R.K Gunju in a reply to Right to Information (RTI) said that in the academic session 2014-15, only 39 per cent students from the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir were enrolled under this scheme.
“In this academic year 1948 students out of 5,000 got admissions under the PMSSS,” reads the reply.
The RTI reveals that during the academic year 2015-16, only 27 percent students were enrolled under PMSSS scheme wherein only 1338 students got admissions out of the total intake capacity of 5,000.
Likewise, from 2016-17 only 43.33 per cent students availed the scholarship scheme. “In this academic year, 2161 students were enrolled under the scheme.”
Similarly, in the academic session 2017-18 just 2954 students were enrolled followed by 2484 students in the academic year 2018-19.
Earlier this year, Secretary of Human Resource Development (HRD) R Subrahmanyam in a tweet said that more than 88 per cent students from Jammu Kashmir have got admission under PMSSS in the ongoing academic year.
Subrahmanyam said that of the total intake capacity of 5,000, 4418 JK students got admission under the PMSSS.