Himachal Pradesh becomes first state to give free education to university students
Himachal Pradesh becomes first state to give free education. Becoming the first state in the country to ensure absolute free-education, Himachal Pradesh High Court directed the government to also increase the amount of scholarship given to specially-abled students at university level.
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The state government has been directed by the court to get the law of providing free education to specially-abled students up to 18 years of age, into enactment within the next six months.
Supporting the cause, a letter was written by Ajai Srivastava of Umang Foundation who is a disability rights activist of a public welfare trust. Following the letter, a judgement was passed by Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan.
A hefty amount of Rs 1 lakh was also awarded to the Umang Foundation by the High Court for the welfare of disabled children.
Universities at Solan and Palampur have also been instructed to make necessary amendments in the respective ordinances and prospectus in order to provide free education to disabled students.
The HP state public service commission and HP subordinate service selection board have also been instructed to amend their regulations within the same time frame of six months.
In order to uplift their position in the society and keep them at par with the rest, the court has also instructed to put screen readers, screen magnifiers, speech recognition software, hand-held magnifiers and text-to-speech software in the classroom.
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