Centre lends support to Kashmiri orphan Zahid Ahmed Qureshi who cracked IIT

As Qureshi was planning to give up the idea of taking up admission in IIT, Army announced assistance of Rs 10,000 as counselling fee to the 21-year-old.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published: July 2, 2015 7:40 am

Lending support to Kashmiri orphan Zahid Ahmed Qureshi, who cracked this year’s IIT entrance examination, Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani on Wednesday said her ministry would extend all support to complete his engineering education in IITs.

“Spoke to Zahid. My family will pay for his counselling and MHRD (Ministry of Human Resources Development) will arrange his scholarship to facilitate his entire education,” Irani said in a tweet.

Help has already started pouring in for him as the Army too have announced financial assistance for Zahid.

Army had come to rescue of the poverty-stricken Qureshi, whose father was shot dead by militants when he was two months old.

As Qureshi was planning to give up the idea of taking up admission in IIT, Army announced assistance of Rs 10,000 as counselling fee to the 21-year-old.

Qureshi is a resident of remote Glaiend Kalan village in frontier district of Kupwara. This year around 13 lakh students appeared in IIT preliminary test out of which 1.5 lakh qualified for main examination.

Last month, Irani had extended support to two UP youths who had cracked IIT exam but their daily-wager father did not have the means to fund the education as she announced that their IIT admission fees would be waived.

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  1. Venkatraman Shenoy
    Jul 2, 2015 at 6:34 pm
    Being uninformed is an advantage when criticising the government and its ministers, particularly when a good deed has been done.
    1. D
      Jul 2, 2015 at 8:37 am
      Understandably the headline of this story does not mention Smriti (lest she get some positive traction) and not a word from any sicular hate monger.. Including the CONgoons and marxist-naxals like Kavita krishnan
      1. R
        Rukhi Sukhi
        Jul 2, 2015 at 10:12 am
        Surely one has to congratulate Irani for her "insaniyat" in paying out of her pocket in time to make sure he is taken care of for the entrance into the prestigious gem of this nation. You know what would have been best - the Center along with Private corporations announcing automatic scholarships to those who are unable to pay tuition even as they have been selected for IITs/IIMs etc. That would have been an indication of a Center which understands and cares about education among down trodden in this country. Alas, nothing has changed in past 70 years except token behavior. This however in no way diminishes what Irani has done for this kid in this instance.
        1. S
          Jul 2, 2015 at 11:54 am
          there is already scholarship for students in iit whose parental income is below 5 lakhs, kindly keep ur uninformed opinion to urself
          1. J
            Jul 2, 2015 at 1:22 pm
            Its is a good gesture because of instant help both from government and private sources.Such gestures Will Encourage students from poor families to study and compete in acquiring good education and jobs.It may also promote quality education in rural and remote areas of the country.Let us pay regards to Smt.Irani,who often than not faced flak for one issue or the other.
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