J&K, April 11: The online registration of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) students under Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS) started by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) from Tuesday. Over 5000 scholarships- 2070 for general courses, 2830 for professional courses and 100 for medical and dental courses are being awarded to students under the PMSSS scheme, said state education secretary Farooq Ahmed Shah. Students availing this benefit must fulfill all the eligibility criteria listed by the government which are; students must have passed Class 12 Board examination, they must have J&K’s domicile and the annual income of the student’s family must not exceed Rs. 8 lakh. Students meeting these requirements will be provided with the scholarship. Interested students who wish to avail the scholarship register themselves for the same.

Steps for registering under PMSSS:

  1. Visit the official website- aicte-jk-scholarship-gov.in.
  2. Once the page opens, click on the ‘Registration for PMSSS: 2018-19 (12th)’ tab
  3. A pop-up window opens. Enter your relevant details and click on the Register button.
  4. Take a copy of the registration application for future reference.

Those who wish to read in detail about the PMSSS scheme and its benefits and other information regarding the registration may click on the link given on the official website- aicte-jk-scholarship-gov.in. The scholarship also extends to those students who have qualified the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) and Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) exams, said state education secretary Farooq Ahmed Shah.

Advantages of PMSSS Scholarship:

The PMSSS scholarship which covers the general, professional and medical courses offers competitive amount for the education of a student with Rs. 30000 being available annually for general courses, Rs. 1.25 lakh annually for engineering courses and Rs. 3 lakh for medical or dental courses. Apart from the tuition fees, the scheme also offers maintenance charges and gives around Rs. 1 lakh for a student annually. Students getting admissions in prestigious colleges  too are eligible for scholarships. It must be noted that the maintenance charges unlikely to the tuition charges, are given to the students directly with the help of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT).

Students from J&K have been constantly performing well and have been securing places in premier institutions for the last few years. Keeping this in mind, a proposal to introduce more courses might be sent by the state government to the Centre.