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Odisha exempts fees for students with disabilities pursuing higher education

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Bhubaneswar: In yet another significant move, the Odisha Government has decided to exempt fees for students with disabilities in both government and government-aided institutions, in order to enhance their motivation towards pursuing higher education.

The Secretary to the Higher Education Department of the state government has written letters to all higher educational institutions to implement the government’s decision immediately with effect, said Higher Education Minister Ananta Das.

“The differently-abled 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-abled students who already had paid such fees, added the minister. The department has also sought a status report on the exemption of fees on differently-abled students by October 9, 2017.

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