New Delhi: Extending support to students of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) and Ladakh, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has decided to release the installment of Rs. 20,000 as maintenance allowance under Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS) on Wednesday, 16th December. The decision has been taken to support & empower students for completing their online studies, stated a communication from the Ministry of Education.
Under the PMSSS Scheme, the youths of J&K and Ladakh are supported by way of scholarship in two parts viz. the academic fee & maintenance allowance. AICTE has already released the entire academic fee for the year 2020-21 to all institutions. The maintenance allowance had been fully released as per scheme guidelines till the end of the last academic year 2019-20. Subsequently, due to Covid-19, the academic institutions across India were closed and only online classes are being conducted. Since there is no hostel or mess expenditure involved, the maintenance allowance was suspended till such time as students physically join the institutes, stated the Ministry of Education.
However, the Ministry said that in order to support & empower students for completing online studies, it has been decided to release the installment of Rs. 20,000. The amount shall be released to all the beneficiaries pursuing classes in the Odd Semester (July-December 2020). The subsequent installments shall be released once students join physically at their respective institutions based on the verification of continuation certificate issued by the institution.
An Expert Group was constituted by the Prime Minister for enhancing employment opportunity among youths of J&K and Ladakh and to formulate job opportunities in public and private sectors. Subsequently, Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS) is being implemented by AICTE, New Delhi.
The Scheme aims to build the capacities of the youths of J&K and Ladakh by educating, enabling, and empowering them to compete in the normal course. Under the Scheme, the youths of J&K and Ladakh are supported by way of scholarship in two parts, viz. the academic fee & maintenance allowance. The academic fee is paid to the institution where the student is provided admission after an online counselling process conducted by the AICTE. The academic fee covers tuition fee and other components as per the ceiling fixed for various professional, medical, and other undergraduate courses. To meet the expenditure towards hostel accommodation, mess expenses, books & stationery etc., a fixed amount of Rs. 1 lakh is provided to the beneficiary and is paid in installments of Rs. 10,000 per month directly into the students account.
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