Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme for Jammu & Kashmir

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News: Nearly 4,500 students from Jammu and Kashmir have reported at colleges across the country to pursue undergraduate studies under the Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS) — the highest in six years.

Facts:

  • Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS) was launched in 2011. The scheme is under Ministry of Human Resource Development.
  • Aim: To encourage the youth from Jammu & Kashmir to pursue higher education in educational institutions outside the state.
  • It is a merit-based programme that offers admission to J&K students in colleges, institutes and universities across the country and pays for their tuition, board, books and other incidentals.
  • The scheme envisages to provide 5000 fresh scholarships every year (4500 for General, 250 for Engineering and 250 for Medical studies).