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Easier loans to students, investors on anvil: Kapil Sibal

By Abdul Nisar

Bangalore, Sep 7 (ANI): Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal has said the National Education Finance Corporation has been asked to provide easier credit rates to investors in the education sector and to facilitate flexibility in repayment of study loans by students.

Addressing a gathering at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) here on Monday, Sibal said: "To attract more investment in the education sector, priority-lending rates would be extended to investors.

"At the moment we are looking at two parts of the Education Finance Corporation, one which guarantees loans to students. The other investment is in the education sector by giving lower credit facilities to investors in the education sector where they have to repay the loans in 20 to 25 years," he added.

He further said that the budgetary support for the proposal would be provided by the central government, an issue that is currently under the purview of the Planning Commission for its green signal.

According to the proposal, every student irrespective of their background can avail loans for higher education having secured a seat in a professional college.

These loans would carry an interest rate of four per cent and the students need to repay the loans only after they get employed.

Talking about the Right to Education Act's (RTE) clause of 25 percent seats for the poor, Sibal said that this was a national education goal and will be enforced at any cost.

"We will not waver from that goal even an inch. We will give an opportunity to our underprivileged children, legally, by giving 25 percent reservation to them in private schools. This is the agenda of inclusive education. This is the agenda of the federal government and we will not move away from it," he added.

The RTE states at least 25 per cent of the seats should consist of students belonging to 'weaker section and disadvantaged group in the neighbourhood'. (ANI)

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