The Rajasthan government has decided not to charge orphans for education in its universities and colleges, higher education minister Kali Charan Saraf announced on Sunday.

The free education policy will be implemented from this year in 24 state-run universities and their 207 constituent or affiliated colleges, Saraf said in Kota.

Commissioner of the directorate of state higher education, Anoop Khinchi said orders have been issued to universities to not charge fees from orphan students from this academic session (2016-17), which began earlier this month.

Vice-chancellor of Vardhman Mahaveer Open University (VMOU), professor Ashok Sharma said while other varsities would provide only free education to orphans, VMOU would also provide free study material to them.

Deputy secretary of secondary education, BK Gupta said while the school education is free for orphans up to Class 8, the Rajasthan government has extended the policy till Class 12.  Besides Rajasthan, Odisha government provides free education to orphans in universities of the state.

Source: Hindustan Times