The Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to wind up all its orphanages and instead set up two boarding schools for orphans in Jammu and Srinagar.
"I want to become a doctor, how? I will study hard and go to a good college," said Zahid Ahmad.
"We want that we should have a good school and good teachers who teach us well and take good care of us, so that we study well," said Safeer Ahmad, another orphan student.
While the focus will be on imparting quality education the step will also keep the children away from the social stigma of being parentless.
"The idea is that the state government will go all out to make a place for these children like we make for our own children. It is a very big step, it will require a lot of funding", said Sajjad Lone, minister for Social Welfare.