Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday said that admission to universities, colleges and higher secondary schools in Assam will be free during the current academic year.
He said that there would be no hidden costs.
“Students from higher to post-graduate levels, including students from medical, engineering and polytechnics, will be given admission to the institutions for free,” Sarma told reporters, after the Class 10 state boards. The results of the examinations were declared on online platforms only.
The prospectus and admit card will be free and available online.
Education Department will also pay ₹1,000 as a monthly mess for the hostel occupants and additional amount ₹1,000 for all students to buy textbooks, he said.
“All students should mention their bank details in the entry form, so that the matter can be taken up from the initial stage and there is no delay in depositing money in their bank accounts,” he said.
Last year, students who took the 10th standard exam will be given computers in their school and those who have passed this year will get this exam. ₹20,000 so that they can buy computers of their choice, Sarma said.
Under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, the state government has decided to give regular pay scale to 29,701 teachers, 11,206 contractual state pool teachers and 5,243 high school contractual teachers at par with teachers in government schools.
“These teachers will remain in service till the age of 60 years, with regular pay-allowances, leave and medical benefits as well as other facilities that are regularly provided to government teachers,” Sarma said.
He said that the state government is seeking to prohibit the inter-district transfer of teachers for 12 years.
“By its provisions, there will be a computer-based transfer policy with an initial lockdown period of 12 years. However, transfers will be permitted within the district.”
Another bill was brought with the demand to make compulsory subjects in all schools in the state of Assam from classes 1 to 10, with similar provisions regarding Bodos in the Barak Valley districts and Bodos in the Bodoland Territorial Region, Sarma said .
He said that both the bills are pending with the consent of the Governor.
Sarma said that the performance of government schools in class 10 board examinations this year was better than last year.