Government education has been one of the main pillars of Tamil Nadu.
The government is a centre of learning for the entire state, with nearly one million students taking part in state-funded courses and the government is also planning to create an online degree programme.
But now the government has come under fire for its “slimming” and “slightly reducing” the number of courses in the state, while offering few incentives to universities and colleges.
The government has been accused of doing the same for its students in its primary and secondary schools, which has led to a backlash.
The education ministry, however, said that there were only 12 courses that were “significantly” cut.
According to the Ministry of Education, the main reason behind the reduction in the number was due to the government’s “decision to implement a one-time fee” for the registration of students.
The ministry said the fee will be waived for all students who have taken at least one of its programmes in the last six months.
Students who have already taken a government degree course will not have to pay the fee.
The ministry said it will also make it easier for students to apply for jobs, in order to help students earn a better wage.
The number of students studying in government schools will be increased from 20,000 to 100,000, it said.
Sources in the ministry told The Times of India that the government had reduced the number from 22,000 and that it will continue with this plan for the next six months, although it will increase the number by one per cent every year.
Students in the government schools have been facing a drop in enrolment due to various reasons, including the government decision to impose a one time fee for registering students, said a senior official.
In addition, the government does not have any plan to improve the quality of education for its own students.