Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday announced creation of a Higher Education Fund to help talented students in the state who remain deprived of higher education due to lack of money.
Chouhan, while launching state-level ‘School Chalen Ham Abhiyan’ at Silwani in Raisen district on Wednesday, said laptops will be given to 17,000 students on securing over 85 % marks in class 12 examinations.
The CM said the students, who could not avail benefits under the laptop scheme last year, will also be given laptops this year.
“Cycles will be given to students going to other villages for study and money for uniforms will be deposited in their parents’ accounts,” he said.
To enhance enrollment in government schools, the School Education Department has drawn a four-phase-long campaign. Currently, the second phase is going on.
“It is the resolve of the state government to ensure that no child remains out of school. For this, a well-planned campaign is being conducted in the state with assistance of promoters comprising society’s responsible people and volunteers,” Chouhan added.
He said this year’s examination results show that the level and quality of education had increased in state’s government schools. He said the pass percentage of government schools was over 57 % whereas that of private schools’ was 49 %.
A class 3 student — Sumit Thakur — from Silwani government primary school handed over a letter to the chief minister informing that his parents had died, he was being looked after by his grandmother who is very poor and he wished to study further.
Chouhan directed the district collector to ensure that he is being taken care of without any problems. He told Sumit that his education was “now onwards responsibility of the state.”