Patna, March 10: The Bihar government has been successful in setting up a primary school at every one km while middle and secondary school are at every three and five km respectively, the in-charge minister (education) said.
The minister was replying to a debate on his department's budgetary allocation of Rs 32,125.63 crore for 2018-19 which was later passed by a voice vote.
The government has also relaxed the criterion for availability of land for setting up a high school, he said adding that the land requirement for setting up a high school was reduced to 0.75 acre from one acre.
On regular payment of salary for university teachers, the minister said that the required amount had been released for payment of salary to university teachers and assured the members that arrangement was being made to ensure timely payment of salary to the teachers in future.
With a view to increase gross enrolment ratio in higher education in the state, the government has decided to provide hassle-free education loan to students to pursue higher education through Bihar Student Credit Card, he said.
The government has set up the Bihar State Education Finance Corporation Ltd for the purpose especially to avoid bank's negative approach in giving loans to students, the minister said.