The Indian Army has introduced the Jammu and Kashmir Special Scholarship Scheme 2023, aiming to offer educational opportunities to underprivileged students, as announced by officials on Sunday.
Under the Army’s ‘Sadbhavana’ initiative, a newly launched scholarship programme will sponsor the education of 146 students from various districts in the valley. Each student will receive financial support of Rs 1.2 lakh, confirmed a spokesperson from the defence sector.
“The balance of expenditure in respect of these students will be borne by the respective universities. There are 12 affiliated universities in which these students will be pursuing their Higher Education,” PTI quoted the spokesperson as saying.
“This programme has a goal to bridge the gap between privileged and underprivileged students by offering scholarships and financial aid to those who exhibit exceptional potential and dedication in the field of education,” he added.
According to the spokesperson, numerous students from Kupwara district applied for the scholarship. After conducting written tests and interviews, 34 students were selected for the programme.
On behalf of the Army division stationed in Kupwara, a warm send-off was organized for these students at Drugmullah.
EMPOWERING UNDERPRIVILEGED STUDENTS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION
The ceremony also aimed to inspire students from marginalized communities to pursue higher education and actively contribute to the development of a self-reliant India, stated the spokesperson.
“The scholarship scheme is gaining a lot of popularity and many more students intend to pursue higher education through this joint initiative by the Indian Army and affiliated universities,” he added.
(With PTI inputs)