The ever rising cost of education is always a concern across the entire country. But the state of Assam has taken the first step towards doing away with this menace. As per a new directive from the state government, education for students belonging to families with income less than Rs 1 lakh per annum would not cost anything to the students. This would be valid for students willing to take admission in "“
- "· Higher secondary
- "· Three-year degree
- Polytechnic diploma courses
This has made Assam the first state to offer free education to poor students on such a huge scale.
As per the Education minister of state, Himanta Biswa, "As far as my knowledge goes, Assam is the first state in India to make higher education free for poor students. There will be absolutely no fee for those students whose parents' income is less than Rs 1 lakh a year."
The following institutions would be covered under the scheme -
"· As many as 310 government and provincialized colleges in Assam
"· All the Private institutions in the state are excluded from this scheme
In order to avail the benefits of this scheme, the students must show the following:
"· Evidence of parents' income in the form of salary slips
"· An official certificate from the Employer if the parents work in private sector
"· Proof of income by circle officer of 'mauzadar'
As per the minister, the exceptional case is, "If a student cannot arrange any of the above, then if the principal and the admission committee of the college in their wisdom feel that the income of his/her parents is below or Rs one lakh, then also the concerned principal can give free admission to the student,".