Guwahati: Assam government announced free higher education to students with family income less than Rs one lakh per annum, for students who are taking admissions in higher secondary, three-year degree and diploma courses from this year. Assam Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma whispered in a press conference that in India Assam is the first state to construct for poor students free higher education. There will be completely no fee for those students whose parents' income is less than Rs 1 lakh a year. This will cover 310 government schools and colleges across the state benefiting 50,000-60,000 students.
The state government will incur an additional expenditure of Rs 70 crore in the first year, which will increase in the following years. Taking universities, medical colleges and engineering institutes in the same line. Private institutions are exterior to the purview of this decision. He conveyed that a student would have to supply documentary proof of parents' income at the time of admission in the form of salary slips for state and central government staff or employer's certificate for private sector worker or proof of income.
The Minister said that "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”.