The Maharashtra Government on Saturday has revised the annual income criteria of a family for providing free admission to the students from the minority community in 23 hostels run by the Minority Affair Department.
Students with a family’s annual income of Rs 8 lakh instead of the present Rs 2.5 lakh will now be eligible for admission in these hostels.
The Minority Affair Minister Nawab Malik told Free Press Journal, ‘’Students from Muslim, Budh, Christian, Jain, Sikh, Parsi and Jew communities can get free admission in these hostels based on the income criteria of their family announced today. These students will not have to pay rent, water and electricity charges during their stay in these hostels.’’
‘’Today’s decision will help increase the occupancy, which is currently quite low due to the present annual income criteria of Rs 2.5 lakh. In addition, students especially from remote areas and villages will be able to pursue their education by staying in these hostels,’’ said Malik.
He said a government resolution has been issued adding that the information about these hostels will be available on https://mdd.maharashtra.gov.in
Malik said that students seeking admission in the next academic year will benefit from the decision. The hostels will be opened in compliance with Covid-19 prevention measures and lockdown beginning of the new academic year. He noted that the government is providing hostel facilities to promote higher education of children from minority communities. Separate dormitories for girls have been set up in cities with educational centers especially for girls from the minority community to come forward for higher education.
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