Giving support to Kashmiri orphan Zahid Ahmed Qureshi, who cracked this year’s IIT exam, Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani said her service would extend all backing to finish his engineering education in IIT.
“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.
The Army has already declared financial assistance for Zahid. The army had come to the rescue of the poverty-stricken Qureshi, whose father was shot dead by militants when he was two months old.
As Qureshi wanted to surrender the thought of taking up admission in IIT, Army reported a help of Rs 10,000 as advising fee to the 21 year old. Qureshi is an inhabitant of the remote Glaiend Kalan town in wilderness region of Kupwara. This year, around 13 lakh students showed up in IIT preliminary test out of which 1.5 lakh qualified for main examination.
A month ago, Irani had backed up two UP young people who had cracked IIT exam as their father who earns wages on a daily basis did not have money to fund the education as she reported that their IIT admission fee would be waived.