Free Higher Education for Girls from OBC, SEBC and EWS: Maharashtra CM

Higher Education for Girls

This effort will benefit female students who want to enroll in authorized vocational courses through the Centralised Admission Process at various educational institutions.

In a crucial move ahead of the next assembly elections, the Maharashtra government announced on Monday that higher education for girls from the Economically Weaker Section (EWS), Socially and Economically Backward Classes (SEBC), and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) will be free.

According to officials, this program is part of a larger women’s-focused agenda. The decision, which also waives tuition and examination expenses for orphaned students regardless of gender, was made during a cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde. The policy change was formalized with a government resolution (GR).

The decision will be implemented beginning with the academic year 2024-25 and is projected to cost Rs 906 crore, according to the statement.According to a GR, female students seeking admission to recognised vocational courses through the Centralised Admission Process at government colleges, aided private colleges, semi-aided private colleges, non-aided colleges, polytechnics, autonomous government universities, and open universities can take advantage of the facility.

Higher and technical education departments offer courses in medicine, pharmacy, agriculture, animal husbandry, pisciculture, and dairy development.Students from private autonomous/self-funded universities, as well as those who enroll through management or institutional quotas, will be ineligible for the plan.According to the GR, female students whose yearly family income is Rs 8 lakh or less and who are from EWS, SEBC, or OBC are eligible for the free remission.New admissions and students presently pursuing an education degree will both be eligible for the plan.

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