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JK govt launches Mufti Mohammad Sayeed fellowship

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

The government today launched a named after former Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, under which up to 20 youths will be sent abroad to study in leading universities with an aim to develop into global leaders.

The Global Leaders is aimed at reaching out to the educated youth in the state, an official said.

The State Knowledge Initiative Platform (SKIP), constituted under the chairmanship of the to Chief Minister, Amitabh Mattoo, has launched the in collaboration with J&K State Sports Council, the said.

"The fellowship seeks potential leaders who have the acumen to make a difference and aims to provide a select group of outstanding young men and women from the opportunity to study at some of the world's finest institutions for up to 12 months beginning in the academic session in 2019," the said.

He said a maximum of 20 fellows would be sent abroad in 2019.

The fellowship is inspired by the vision of and is modelled after the well-known Rhodes Scholarships at the University of Oxford, he said.

"The selection to this prestigious fellowship shall be without prejudice to gender, marital status, religion, social background or disability," he added.

SKIP has identified six universities for the fellowship in 2019: and (UK); Harvard, and Princeton (US); and (Australia), the spokesman said.

said all applications received by SKIP will be vetted by a committee and eligible candidates will be invited for an interview.

The short-listed candidates will be finally screened by a jury chaired by a Nobel-laureate.

However, a candidate has to apply separately at the individual level for admission to a university, said.

All selected fellows will have commit to serve for at least 12 months, he added.

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First Published: Sat, May 12 2018. 17:51 IST