The Odisha government has decided to exempt fees for students with disabilities, in government and government-aided educational institutions, in order to motivate them for higher education. The secretary to the higher education department has written letters to all higher educational institutions to implement the government’s decision immediately, said Ananta Das, Higher Education Minister.
“The differently-able students like blind students who use Braille for studies, hearing impaired and dumb students, orthopaedically handicapped students with disability more than 75 per cent will be exempted from tuition fees and examination and certificate fees for pursuing higher education,” the minister said.
Money would be refunded to all those differently-able students who already had paid such fees, added the minister. The department has also sought a status report on exemption of fees on differently-able students by October 9, 2017. Though the differently-able students in school level are exempted all kinds of fees, they are making payment in colleges and other higher educational institutions.