Karnataka Education

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah arrives to present the 2018-19 state budget at Vidhan Soudha in Bengaluru Feb. 16. Siddaramaiah announced the budget will include free education for girls through post-graduation studies. (IANS photo)

BENGALURU — In a bid to encourage education for girls, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah Feb. 16 announced that all girls studying in government institutions up to post-graduation will be given free education.

"Rs. 95 crore of the budget would be spent on providing free education for all the girl students taking admission in government pre-university, degree and post-graduation courses," Siddaramaiah, who also holds the finance portfolio, said while presenting the budget for 2018-19.

The free education provision is expected to benefit 3.7 lakh girl students in the state.

In 2017, the state government announced free education for girls from class 1 through graduation in government schools and government aided-private schools beginning the 2018-19 academic year.

"A total of Rs. 4,514 crore is being provided for higher education in 2018-19," Siddaramaiah said, presenting his 13th state budget.

In 2018-19, 100 ‘Karnataka Public Schools’ will open across the state at an expenditure of Rs. 5 lakh per school, and a total expenditure of Rs. 5 crore, he said.

The chief minister has earmarked Rs. 22,350 crore in the 2018-19 budget for primary and secondary education.

To ensure the safety of the children at government primary and secondary schools, CCTV cameras will be installed in the upcoming fiscal year, Siddaramaiah said.

"Rs. 5 crore has been allocated to provide digital library facility through cloud computing to around 10 lakh students studying in government high schools and pre-university colleges."

Siddaramaiah also announced free bus passes to students from schools and colleges across the state beginning 2018-19, a move that will benefit 19.6 lakh students.

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