Published On: Sun, Nov 20th, 2011

Planning Commission recommends Government to pay fees for top 10% students

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According to a news report in Hindustan Times, Planning Commission under an ambitious plan to encourage meritorious students it has been recommended that Central government should pay tuition fees of the top 10% performers passing out of school into undergraduate courses.

The recommendation suggests that this should be done irrespective of caste, religion, economic status and discipline (arts, commerce, science).

The economic benefit to such a student could range from a few thousand rupees for a normal degree in a govt. college to Rs. 50,000 in case of IITs. The selected students would be free to study whatever they wanted in any state-run institution of their choosing.

Fees, or part of it, in select accredited private institutions could also be covered.

A similar recommendation is to increase the educational financial aid for disadvantaged sections, SC, ST, OBC and minorities from Rs 2,000 crore to Rs 8,000 crore.

The Commission  has set a target of increasing enrolment at the higher education level from the current 15% to 30% of the eligible population by 2025, an increase of 4 crore students in universities and other higher educational institutions.

Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia had earlier said education and skill development would receive priority in the 12th plan.