Assam’s Poorest Students Just Got Free Education In High Schools And Colleges, A First For India!

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Fresh from the overwhelming majority in the assembly election, the Assam government on Saturday announced a completely free education for children whose parents earn less than Rs 1 lakh per annum in higher studies in government colleges, higher secondary schools and diploma polytechnic institutions from this year.

State health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma claimed that Assam has become the first state in the country to give free higher education. “Free education is offered by several states in the primary and secondary level, but as far as I know, we have become the first to give this in higher secondary and above level.”
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“This benefit will start immediately with the first batch of new admissions this year and will continue in the next coming years. The students do not have to pay a single penny as admission fee or as tuition fee or any other fee like sports, library or sports etc.” Sarma said.
The state government is targeting 52,000 to 60,000 students who will be taking admissions in higher secondary first year in colleges, class XI in higher secondary schools and first year diploma courses in polytechnic institutes.
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“The state government will reimburse the educational institutes the loss they incur while admitting such students within two months after they submit the statements to the directorate of higher education,” Sarma said. He added that for the first year the state is anticipating an additional expenditure of Rs 70 Cr, which will increase in the subsequent years.
Students claiming the benefit will submit salary certificates or salary slips of their parents or certificates from circle officers will do for parents who do not have any source of earning. Sarma said if a student is unable to provide any of these documents, the principals or the admission committees of the institutes can use their wisdom to grant them the benefit.
Source: indiatimes | 1

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