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Pawan Chamling announced no fees for Sikkim students

Pawan Chamling announced no fees for Sikkim students
In what could be a pleasant surprise for students in Sikkim, Chief Minister Pawan Chamling today pledged a 100 per cent fee waiver up to the college level and full refunds to those who have already paid their fees. He announced this during the inauguration of a new multipurpose building of Yangang Senior Secondary School in South Sikkim.
The chief minister also said students henceforth will not be charged any caution money, admission or other additional fees. Commenting on the recent students’ agitation, Chamling said his government has swung into action and set up an inquiry committee to probe the incident. Violence is not the solution to a problem, he noted, adding the matter could have been resolved amicably and not by trying to defame the state government.
“I can understand the sentiments of the students,” said Chamling. “Nonetheless, I stress that the true purpose of education is to make a person self-reliant and aware of his potential. Education should not become just a means to secure a government job. This is definitely not the purpose of education.”
Responding to allegations of victimisation of those government employees who had allegedly supported the opposition during the elections, the chief minister said he holds the record of being the longest serving chief minister in the country, and being such a senior politician, he would never resort to cheap politics.(EOIC)

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