Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal has announced that as a token of appreciation and a gesture towards encouraging sports talent among students of all categories, the cost of education of all students who are medal winners in the Commonwealth Games 2010, at New Delhi would be borne by the government for the entire duration of their studies.

“While the expenditure for college going/university students, including those in professional colleges, would be borne by the University Grants Commission (UGC), the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) would bear all such expenditure on education of all those currently in schools, irrespective of whether they are in CBSE affiliated schools or not,” said an official press release on Friday.

The release added that “the support would continue as long as the student medal winner wishes to pursue studies and would include tuition fee as well as the maintenance expenditure (hostel fee). Both CBSE and UGC will soon work out exact modalities in this regard.”

The HRD Minister has also advised the UGC and CBSE to formulate suitable schemes of financial incentives to support talented sportspersons among students and to strengthen the sports infrastructure in educational institutions in the country.