Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 27:
Ahead of the panchayat elections scheduled to be held in the state in 2017, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced yet another sop-Kalinga Sikshya Sathi Yojana (KSSY) for students pursuing higher studies.
Patnaik announced to provide loans at one percent interest rate to students pursuing higher studies.
The state government will provide a corpus of Rs 500 crore for the purpose from its own resources, said an official.
The announcement was made at the state secretariat as part of the Biju Babu Birth Centenary Celebrations.
“The state government has been giving top priority to education in the state. The announcement has been made in keeping with the promises made in our party’s election manifesto. This will especially benefit students pursuing Engineering, Medical, Management, Law and other professional courses. I know what kind of financial hurdles parents from poor and middle-class families face for higher studies of their children,” said Patnaik announcing the scheme at the state secretariat today.
This historic step will relieve lakhs of parents of the state from loan pressure, in addition to that students’ from poor families will not face monetary difficulties in fulfilling their dreams for higher studies, he added.
Patnaik hoped that the scheme apart from enabling lakhs of students from the state to fulfill their hopes and aspirations; it will bring pride for their families, state and the country.
It may be noted here that the legendary Biju Patnaik always emphasized on the empowerment of the state’s youth. He always stressed for the development of the youth and believed that through education alone Odia youth can earn laurels at the global level.
Since Biju Patnaik had instituted International Kalinga Prize for popularizing science, it is believed that KSSY will be a tribute to him on the occasion of his birth centenary celebration.