In an initiative to promote girl child education, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced on Friday that every girl studying in government institutions up to post-graduation will be provided 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 (11th and 12th), degree and post-graduation courses,” said Siddaramaiah while presenting the budget for 2018-19, who also holds the finance portfolio.
The plan of providing free education up to post-graduation is estimated to benefit 3.7 lakh girl students in the state. The state government had announced in 2017 that free education for girls from class 1 till graduation in government schools and government aided-private schools from the 2018-19 academic year. While presenting his 13th state budget, Siddaramaiah said that “A total of Rs. 4,514 crore is being provided for higher education in 2018-19”. He added that during 2018-19, 100 ‘Karnataka Public Schools’ will be opened all over the state at an expenditure of Rs 5 lakh per school, and a total expenditure of Rs 5 Crore.
The Chief Minister has allocated Rs 22,350 crore in the 2018-19 budget for primary and secondary education. To make sure the safety of the children at government primary and secondary schools, Siddaramaiah added that CCTV cameras will be installed in the upcoming fiscal. “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,” he added. Siddaramaiah also announced that free bus passes to students from schools and colleges all over the state from 2018-19, aiding 19.6 lakh students.