New Delhi, Feb 17: After Telangana and Punjab, Karnataka government has announced that all girls studying in government institutions up to post-graduation will be given free education. Also Read - School Reopening News: When Will Normal Classes Resume in Bangalore?
Presenting 13th budget of the state, chief minister Siddaramaiah said that we are working on the modalities on how to implement the scheme. It will either be given as reimbursement to students or to colleges. Presently free education is provided only class 10. Also Read - 'Political Nautanki': Amid Farmer Protests in Punjab, War of Words Between CM Amarinder Singh, Sukhbir Badal
Government has approved Rs 95 crore for free education for all the girl students taking admission in government pre-university (11th and 12th), degree and post-graduation courses. Presently, a total of Rs. 4,514 crore is being provided for higher education in 2018-19. Also Read - Karnataka Farmers Join Protest Against Agri Reforms, State-wide Bandh Call Sees Partial Success
The Chief Minister earmarked Rs 22,350 crore in the 2018-19 budget for primary and secondary education. The Congress-led government has called out to all the parents whose income is less than Rs 10 lakh to avail this benefit.
Chief Minister further said that 100 ‘Karnataka Public Schools’ will be opened across the state at an expenditure of Rs. 5 lakh per school and to ensure safety of the children at government primary and secondary schools, CCTV cameras will be installed. Free bus passes will be provided to students.
The initiative, the government stressed, was to impart free education to underprivileged girls who generally drop out of school after Class 10, especially in rural areas.
Karnataka becomes third state to provide free education to girls. In Telangana, free education for girls has been announced from kindergarten to post graduation, while in Punjab it has been extended to doctoral level.