The Higher Education Minister of Rajasthan Kali Charan Saraf, has recently announced that the orphan students studying in various courses at colleges and universities would not have to pay any fees for their education. In the 24 state-run universities and their 207 constituent colleges, the free education policy would get initiated from this year.
He further clarified that the private institutes are not obliged to abide by the decision and can charge accordingly from the students. The decision regarding offering free education to orphan students was taken at the Vice-Chancellors’ coordination committee meeting, which was held on the month of January this year.
From this academic session onwards the orphan students would not be charged at the state run universities and their constituent colleges. The Commissioner of the directorate of State Higher Education Anoop Khinchi said that the orders for the same have already been carried to the universities and colleges. However, only those orphan students who can clear the admission tests would be allowed to have free education from the universities, under the policy.
Taking a step ahead, the Vice Chancellor of Vardhman Mahaver Open University, Professor Ashok Sharma said that there university would not only offer free education to the orphan students but would also provide them with free study materials. According to another Vice-Chancellor of University of Kota, Professor P K Dashora, the forms for orphan students have not yet arrived the university and thus it is delaying their admission in the university. Education for orphan students in schools is already free in the state upto class 8. It is expected that the limit would get extended to Class 12, to cover costs of such students extensively.