02/07/2015 8:19 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Smriti Irani And HRD Ministry Will Pay For Poor Kashmiri Boy's IIT Education

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Minister of Human Resource Development, Smriti Zubin Irani addresses the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) - a right wing all-India student organisation - 60th National Conference in Amritsar on November 16, 2014. Hundreds of ABVP members from across the country are visiting the city to attend the organisation's 60th National Conference from November 14-16. AFP PHOTO/NARINDER NANU (Photo credit should read NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI — Lending support to Kashmiri orphan Zahid Ahmed Qureshi, who cracked this year's IIT entrance examination, Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani today 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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