Published On: Thu, Jul 8th, 2010

Punjab offers free technical education for poor

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Punjab has launched a free technical education scheme under which students from the state will get a tuition fee waiver of Rs 1.98 lakh for the four-year degree course and Rs 54, 500 for three year diploma course.

The scheme, which covers various streams of engineering, pharmacy, hotel management, architecture, applied arts and crafts, can be availed by the students whose parents’ annual income is Rs 2.50 lakh or less than that. The latest move of the Punjab government will benefit students from the economically weaker sections.

“Besides, institutional charges and university funds will also be waived. Free boarding and lodging facility will be provided, subject to availability or provision of funding from the government or other organisations,” a senior official of the Technical Education and Industrial Training Department said. “Already admitted students too can avail this scheme, but only within their institutions.

However, they can change the branch and trade subject to availability of free seats. If they get admissions, it will be responsibility of the institutes to refund their fee under the scheme,” the official said. Even technical institutions have been allowed to fill seats above 10 per cent from the sanctioned strength. The scheme is applicable to government, private aided and un-aided technical institutions. The government has made it mandatory for all the institutes to publish in their brochure and website the number of fee waivers available in each category (woman, economically weaker and physically challenged sections). The institutes have also been directed to display branch wise fee-waiver status to candidates during the process of counselling and admissions so that they can freely exercise their choice.

Soon, the Punjab Technical University and the Punjab State Board of Technical Education and Industrial Training will make the candidates aware of this scheme through advertisements in media.