GUWAHATI, June 7 - With a view to providing succour to the guardians amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Assam government today announced free admissions from HS to PG level courses this year.
Last year, only the BPL students were given the benefit in government institutions.
�This year, we have decided to make the admissions completely free for everyone, from HS level up to PG, including medical and engineering colleges as well as agricultural universities and other government institutions. There will be no hidden fees as well. Colleges and universities also cannot charge for the prospectus,� Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, announcing a slew of decisions taken by his department.
The HSLC pass-outs of last year who are eligible for the Anundoram Borooah Award Scheme will get laptops from next week in their respective schools. The awards could not be conferred last year. This year, the eligible students will get Rs 20,000 in their accounts instead of the laptop due to the inconveniences caused by the COVID-19 situation. The students will have to apply through the SEBA portal.
Hostel boarders in all government institutions will get a monthly allowance of Rs 1,000. The bank account numbers of the students will be taken at the beginning of the year in the admission forms itself. A one-time allowance of Rs 1,000 will also be given to degree students for purchasing books.
The State education department�s Gyan Brikhya channel has been made available on the Jio platform. Around 80 lakh Jio TV and mobile customers in Assam will be able to view the channel. The SCERT has also launched another e-content platform �Bidya Dan�, which will also have a feature through which teachers can impart classes.
Meanwhile, on reopening of the educational institutions, the minister said the State has prepared an SOP under which students of a particular class (from VI to X) will be taught on two days a week. However, a final decision will be taken after a meeting with the Union HRD Minister tomorrow.