This year the students were selected by the state government through a centralized counselling process carried out by AICTE. However, when the students approached colleges for admission much to their shock they were told that there was no provision for extra seats for J&K.
A student who was refused admission in an outside engineering college was told that no instructions had come from AICTE about this scheme. When the student approached the AICTE the officials directed them to UGC which ultimately proved to be process of making multiple rounds with no results coming. A number of such students who have been denied admission are now planning to approach the senior officials in state government, and raise the matter with the AICTE as they say denial of admission at this juncture would mean loss of an academic year. The students are also demanding an inquiry into the actions of the AICTE officials, who are said to have misguided the students and leaving them in a lurch.
Interestingly, the students allege that while majority of the candidates were from Jammu region, the counselling for this scholarship was held in Srinagar to discourage them from entering into the fray. It is pertinent to note that the Prime Minister’s Scholarship Scheme has remained in controversy since it has been launched as the students from the state have failed to get timely admissions, and reimbursements from the government at the centre.