Free Education to Intermediate Students: Srihari

  • 15 lakh students to receive free education

  • Steps to avoid corruption in the process

HYDERABAD: In a significant move to push ahead with its flagship project of free intensive KG to PG education, Telangana Government has taken a bold decision to offer free education to Intermediate students across the state. The Intermediate Board will bear nine crore rupees fee amount, instead of collecting from the students.The project is going online fromA�July 1A�to offer 22 services.

Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari announced the development to the media at the Intermediate Board here. He also said the state government will issue a notification to fill the vacant lecturer posts, besides regularizing services of contract lecturers based on their eligibility.

The 1.15 lakh students of 402 Government Junior Colleges in the state would get free education with fee waivers, besides getting textbooks free of cost. With another 15,000 students likely to join these colleges, the total number of students may go up to 1.30 lakhs, he said.

The government was focusing to keep a tab on corruption and will avoid delay in the functioning. To fructify its efforts, the government also initiated steps to revamp the structure of the Intermediate Board through rooting out corruption, he said.

The TRS government is ready to take forward the Intermediate Board to surpass other private colleges in providing quality education, he said, adding that to prevent corrupt practices in the board, the government favored introduction of an online system.

Admitting that there was corruption in the department, Srihari warned that the government would take stringent measures against the erring staff and officials. He exuded confidence that the decision of free education would be highly beneficial to poor students. Teaching modules will be prepared to offer training to the lecturers this year, he said, adding that permanent buildings will be constructed during the next academic year. (NSS)

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