Bareilly: The UP government is planning to give free education to students from KG right up to PG level in government institutions, deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma has reportedly said. Sharma was the chief guest at the convocation ceremony of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Rohilkhand University on Tuesday. He said, “We are trying to start KG to PG scheme in a few cities from the next academic session.” (Also read: Kids of Alwar Lynching Victim to Get Free Education) Also Read - Bizarre! Goat 'Arrested' by Kanpur Police For Not Wearing Mask In UP's Beconganj

According to The Times of India, Sharma said, “We have decided to cut down the exam schedule for both UP board and degree colleges. The UP board exams will be held in February, and we will declare the exam date for degree colleges and universities this month. We have also made an academic calendar to ensure that studies take place for a set number of days every academic year. The course will have to be completed within a timeframe. I am happy to announce that MJP Rohilkhand University has included it on a priority basis. We are focusing on introducing professional courses,” said Sharma who is also higher and secondary education minister. Also Read - 'Want to Work as Human Rights Officer': Aligarh Mechanic's Son Tops at US High School

Governor Ram Naik, who is chancellor of state universities, said, “Out of 1.45 lakh students who were given degrees, 59% were girls while 41% were boys. Looking at the trend of how girls are outperforming in the exams, boys will need a reservation in the future.” On the occasion, a statue of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule was unveiled on the university campus.  A girls’ hostel was also inaugurated. Meanwhile, a controversy was sparked when MLAs of Bareilly district stayed away from the convocation event. Though a few MLAs met the Governor and deputy CM on their arrival and departure, none of them attended the event. Sources said they boycotted the convocation ceremony as they were unhappy with arrangements in past two events of the varsity. Also Read - 'Critically Endangered' Rare Orchid Found Bearing Seeds After 118 Years in UP's Dudhwa Reserve