The central government has decided to bear all educational expenses of students who win medals in the Commonwealth Games.
"The government will bear all educational expenses of youth participants of Commonwealth Games who have won medals at the Games whether he/she is studying in CBSE or non-CBSE schools, colleges or universities," HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said.
He said the government will bear the educational expense till they wish to continue study and the support will include tution and hostel fees.
The objective, he said, is to motivate and encourage more and more students to perform well in sports and bring laurels to the country in sporting events like Asian Games and Olympics.
A number of students are participating at the Games which would conclude on October 14.
While the educational expenditure for college and university-level students will be borne by UGC, the CBSE will meet that of school-going children, Sibal said, adding, both UGC and CBSE will soon work out "exact modalities".
The minister also said the UGC and CBSE will also formulate suitable schemes of financial incentives to support talented sportspersons among students and strengthen sports infrastructure in schools.