RAIPUR, 12 July-2014, Anuja Jaiswal/TNN: In a major decision that would benefit nearly one lakh girls in the state, the Chhattisgarh government has made graduate education free for them in all public colleges and technical institutes.
The decision, which was part of the BJP’s 2013 election manifesto, would be implemented from the current academic year. It’s like to cost the exchequer crores of rupees.
Talking to TOI, BL Agarwal, secretary higher education, said 208 government colleges across the state would offer free education to girls from now on and the state would bear its expenditure. He said the entire tuition fee will be waived off. An estimated 80,000 girls are presently enrolled in the colleges.
Amit Agarwal, secretary, technical education said that three government engineering colleges in the state, would also implement the decision. Presently about 700 girls will be benefited.
According to officials, a student spends about Rs 1000-1500 on graduation in college every year. This fee in engineering colleges runs upto Rs 18000. With free education for the girls, their families would save Rs 3000-4500 in three years duration for graduation and Rs 54000 in engineering college.
The move is aimed to promote girl education and is tune with the Modi government’s slogan of “Beti bacchao, beti pardhao”.