LARGE NUMBERS of Kashmir students took the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test at three designated centres in Srinagar on Sunday, according to figures released by the Central Board of School Education.
It said 1,621 out of 1,740 students from the curfew-bound Kashmir region took the test.
At 93 per cent, the appearance rate was higher than in peaceful Jammu region, which recorded 82 per cent, and the all-India average of 92 per cent.
The state government, an official source said, had ordered all District Development Commissioners across the Kashmir zone to provide transportation as well as accommodation to all students seeking to sit for the examination.
Students were also provided facilities to download their admit cards, since mobile Internet access remains barred across much of the region.
On Tuesday, a Jammu and Kashmir government press release said that hundreds of students had arrived for interviews for the Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme, which is scheduled to disburse Rs 75 crore this year.
The scheme provides up to Rs 4.5 lakh in aid to students who have been admitted to institutions across the country.