Tamil Nadu to sponsor professional education of government school students: CM Stalin
- CM Stalin wants students to become a entrepreneurs and job creators
- Stalin's announcement comes after concerns expressed by many poor parents
- The CM's announcement also comes ahead of rural local body elections
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin has announced that the state government will bear the entire cost of professional education of students of government schools who will secure admission under the newly created 7.5% quota.
This quota will benefit at least 10,000 students, mainly from poor families, who will get admission in engineering colleges alone.
While handling allotment letters to the students M K Stalin said he wants students to become a entrepreneurs and job creators.
"The government would take care of tuition, college, and even counselling fee". He encouraged students to "study, study and study" and become "entrepreneurs and job givers", Stalin said.
Recently, the DMK government passed a law which aims a large section of poor students who studied in state government schools from class 1 to 8 will take a benefit of 7.5% quota in engineering admission.
Stalin's announcement comes after concerns expressed by many poor parents that they would not be able to pay admission fee and hostels, especially if their children were admitted to private colleges.
Abirami, an aspiring engineer and daughter of domestic help in Chennai is happy. He told NDTV "It could cost us between lakh and a half to two a year in private college. Our family income is about ten thousand rupees per month. This would be a boon for me and many like me to fulfil our dreams".
"I'm here to announce that those who attained admission under 7.5% quota, their education fee, hostel fee and even counselling fee will be paid by the government," Stalin said, finishing his speech.
Last year the AIADMK, which passed a 7.5% quota law for public school students on medical admission, announced a coverage for students admitted to private medical colleges, under a state budget.
MK Stalin's announcement also comes ahead of rural local body elections in the reorganized nine districts.