To encourage sports talent in the country, the government will bear the education cost of those students who win medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said.
"As a token of appreciation and a gesture towards encouraging sports talent among students of all categories, the cost of education of all students who are medal winners in the Commonwealth Games would be borne by the government for the entire duration of their studies," said a statement by the HRD ministry quoting Sibal.
The expenditure for college going students, including those in professional colleges, would be borne by the University Grants Commission (UGC) while the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) would bear expenditure of those currently in schools.
The support would continue as long as the student wishes to pursue studies and would include tuition fee as well as maintenance expenditure.
Sibal has also advised the UGC and CBSE to formulate financial incentive schemes to support talented sportspersons and to strengthen the sports infrastructure in educational institutions in the country.