Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme and Education Facility Information

Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme for Jammu & Kashmir 

The Special Scholarship Scheme for Jammu & Kashmir is being implemented since 2011. The scheme aims to encourage the youth from Jammu & Kashmir to pursue higher education in educational institutions outside the state.
 
The Government has taken several initiatives to ensure that the benefits of the scheme is availed by all deserving students.  As a result of various initiatives, including creation of ten supernumerary quota in Engineering Colleges, more number of students are taking admission in professional courses.
 
The scheme envisages to provide 5000 fresh scholarships every year (4500 for General, 250 for Engineering and 250 for Medical studies).  There is a provision of inter-changeability of slots, subject to shortfall in the number of General degree courses and in the process, allocating a higher number of students for certain professional courses. 
Numbers of students, who have benefitted under the scheme, are:

Academic Year

Number of Beneficiaries

2014-15

1680

2015-16

1402

2016-17

2240

13014 students from Jammu & Kashmir have benefitted from this scheme so far.

Scholarship and fee for Ph.D. Programme at IISER 

Till 2016-17, each Indian Institute of Science Education & Research (IISER) had a different fee structure. The National Institutes of Technology, Science Education & Research (NITSER) Council in its meeting held on 26th May, 2017 fixed the tuition fee for Ph.D. programmes in all IISERs at Rs. 16,500 per semester. However, old students will continue to pay at the old rate only and the new level of tuition fee will apply only to the new students for entire duration of their course. All Ph.D. students in IISERs are provided scholarships per month which is higher in comparison to semester fees. No case of students unable to continue their studies due to fee hike in IISERs has come to the notice of the Government. 

Delayed Construction Activity Under RMSA 

As per information provided by the states/UTs on the Project Monitoring System of Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), out of the 12066 new secondary schools approved till 2016-17, construction of only 1830 schools has not been started. In respect of Tamil Nadu, out of the 1115 new schools approved till 2016-17, construction of only 2 schools has not been started by the State so far. 

From 2011-12 to 2013-14, 4037 new secondary schools were approved under RMSA, out of which construction of only 507 schools has not been started by the States/UTs so far. 

Under RMSA, the civil works for all 36 States/UTs including Tamil Nadu were approved on normative cost till 2011-12. Thereafter, w.e.f. 2013-14, civil works for all States/UTs are approved on State Schedule of Rates (SSoR) or Central Public Works Department (CPWD) rates, whichever is lower.

Allocation of more resources for higher education 

India is spending about 4.9% of GDP (as per UNDP estimates 2014) on education, of which about one-third is spent on higher education. The requirement of funds in the higher educational institutions has always been higher than the funds that are made available through budgetary route. The Government, while making all efforts to increase budgetary allocations for higher education, has encouraged higher educational institutions to improve their internal resource generation through consultancies/ research in order to convert themselves into financially robust institutions. Apart from this, to increase investments in the infrastructure of higher educational institutions, the Higher Education Financing Agency (HEFA) has been set up with an initial capital base of Rs. 300 crores. The HEFA has been incorporated as a Section 8 Company under the Company Act, 2013 and would mobilize debt/Bond funds from the market to finance improvement in infrastructure and research facilities in the higher educational institutions. The loans would be serviced through the internal accruals of the institutions. 

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