Assam government has decided to waive off admission fees at universities, colleges and higher secondary schools in the state.
The government has taken this decision in the wake of the hardships and loss of income in families due to coronavirus (COVID-19) and lockdown.
“Students from the higher secondary to the postgraduate level, including medical, engineering and polytechnic students, will be admitted to institutes for free,” education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told reporter in Dispur on Sunday.
He said the prospectus and admission forms will be free and available online.
The Education Department will also pay Rs 1,000 as monthly mess dues for those staying in hostels and an additional amount of Rs 1,000 to all students for buying textbooks, he said.
“All the students must mention their bank details in the admission forms so that the matter can be taken up from the initial stage and there is no delay in depositing money in their bank accounts,” Sarma said.
He said students who passed the Class 10 examinations last year will be given computers in their school and those who have cleared the test this year will get Rs 20,000 so that they can buy computers of their choice.