AICTE to Reserve 10 Seats for J&K in All Institutes
All India Council of Technical Education is cautious that upper ceiling must be 10 so that there is no ‘bunching’ of students, or ‘incidents’ like the cricket-cheering controversy at a Meerut institute in 2014
New Delhi: AtatimewhenKashmiri students are pitted against the nonKashmiris in NIT Srinagar, the All I n d i a Co u n c i l o f Te c h n i c a l Education has decided to rework the scholarship scheme for J&K students. Starting this academic session, the AICTE will allow up to 10 students — instead of just two — from the region to study at an institute outside the state.
The move is aimed at ensuring that students do not feel “isolated” on a faroff campus. The AICTE is cautious thattheupperceilingmustbe10sothat there is no “bunching” of students, or “incidents” like the cricket-cheering controversy at a Meerut institute in 2014.“Asof now,therearetwoseatsper college or institute under the scholar- ship scheme. As agreed by the interministerial committee, from this year wewillallow10J&Kstudentsonscholarship in the same institute. Students
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will then not feel isolated and have a support system when ill or when travelling back home,” AICTE chairman Prof Anil Sahasrabudhe told ET.
“Also,wewillnotexceedtheceilingof 10 as we do not want any bunching of students since they could lead to certain incidents as seen in reports of an institute earlier,” the chairman said.
As per the ‘bunching’ norms, only twostudentsperinstituteareawarded thisscholarshipto“avoidbunchingin any one particular institute and to have an even distribution of students among various institutes of the country”. The ceiling was reviewed in a meeting of the inter-ministerial committee in November 2015. In the last academic year, about 1,600 of the 5,000 available scholarships were taken.
The panel decided there should be a “supernumerary quota of two seats in alluniversities/colleges/institutes,for all courses, for students hailing from J&K” and “the limit of two supernumerary seat may be increased by the regulators to 10 per institute”. While AICTE has decided to increase seats, other regulators are yet to move on it.