Rs. 14.67 Lakh Disbursed To 93 Orphan/Destitute Students Under Project Assist

Shopian August 10:(KNS) Under Project Assist, the District Social Welfare Office Shopian has released Rs. 14.67 Lakh as scholarship to 93 students who were rendered Orphan/Destitute in militancy related incidents. These included 70 students of class 1st-12th, 21 pursuing various under graduation & post graduation courses & 2 pursuing professional courses.

Giving details about the Project Assist, District Social Welfare Officer Mohammad Shafait said that it’s a flagship scheme of the National Foundation for Communal Harmony whereunder financial assistance is provided to the children rendered orphan or destitute in various communal, caste, ethnic or terrorist violence for their care, education and training.

He added that under this project, monthly scholarship of Rs. 1250 is provided to students of class 1st to 12th, Rs. 1500 to students pursuing Graduation & Post-Graduation courses and Rs. 1750 is provided to students pursuing professional courses (MBBS, Engineering etc). There is no upper ceiling under the project and all eligible students can avail scholarships under this flagship scheme.

Regarding eligibility, the DSWO informed that children whose parents (both or either of two) are killed or permanently incapacitated in militancy related incidents are eligible to avail benefits under Project Assist provided they are enrolled in an educational institute and are below the age of 25 years. Further a student becomes ineligible to avail benefits entailed under the project if he/she fails to pass a class for 3 consecutive years.(KNS) 

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