Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today declared that all girls studying in government institutions up to post-graduation will be given free education.
“Rs. 95 crore of the budget would be spent on providing free education for all the girl students taking admission in government pre-university (11th and 12th), degree and post-graduation courses,” Mr Siddaramaiah, who also holds the finance portfolio, said while presenting the Budget for 2018-19.
The provision of free education up to post-graduation is is expected to benefit 3.7 lakh girl students in the state. In 2017, the state government had announced free education for girls from class 1 till graduation in government schools and government aided-private schools from 2018-19 academic year.
“A total of Rs. 4,514 crore is being provided for higher education in 2018-19,” Mr Siddaramaiah said, presenting his 13th state budget. During 2018-19, 100 ‘Karnataka Public Schools’ will be opened across the state at an expenditure of Rs. 5 lakh per school, and a total expenditure of Rs. 5 crore, he said.