To encourage differently-abled students to pursue higher education, the Odisha government has decided to exempt them from paying fees in government and government-aided educational institutions.
Additional secretary in the higher education department GVV Sharma has written to all educational institutions to implement the government’s decision immediately, minister of state for higher education Ananta Das said.
“The differently-abled students like those with impaired or no vision and who use Braille for studies, hearing-impaired and dumb students, orthopaedically-handicapped students with disability of more than 75% will be exempted from tuition fees and examination and certificate fees for pursuing higher education,” said higher education minister Ananta Das.
The department has also sought a status report on exemption of fees for such students by October 9.
Though the differently-abled students in school-level are exempted from paying all kinds of fees, they were making payments in colleges and other higher educational institutions.