Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh government, on 28 April, launched the Jagananna Vidya Deevena, a project which provides full fee reimbursements which will benefit about 14 lakh students across the state.
The scheme is to ensure that students from lower-income households get financial assistance for their education. It will also take care of the hostel and mess charges. “With a single click, Rs. 4,000 crores, along with the pending due of Rs. 1,880 crores during the previous TDP government, has been released. The amount has been directly credited to the account of the students' mothers,” a government statement said.
Interacting with students through video conference, Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy assured them that the state government will always prioritise education and health. No family should fall into a debt trap for the sake of education and health, he said. “Education is the only asset that we can offer to lakhs of students from downtrodden families. If a single student from each family completes their professional education and secures a good job, then the lives of the family members will be better,” Jagan said.
The Chief Minister said the money under Jagananna Vidya Deevena will be credited to the parent's account in four installments every year. If the parents have already paid the college fees for the academic year 2019-20, then the government will ask them to approach the college management and claim the refund. Apart from those students who took new admissions in 2019-20, students in professional courses are also eligible for this scheme.
“If the parents have paid the fees, then they have the authority to question the college management regarding the facilities, quality of teaching, and infrastructure. Also, they can visit the college once every three months to check their child's progress. In case they find that the college management is not providing better facilities, then they can call 1902 and lodge a complaint,” the CM said.