Rs 17,668 crore disbursed in education loan in 2022-23: Dharmendra Pradhan

According to a recent statement made by the Education Minister of India, Dharmendra Pradhan, a total of Rs 17,668 crore has been disbursed in education loans during the 2022-23 financial year. The statement was made during the Lok Sabha session on March 22, 2023.

The education loan scheme is a government initiative to provide financial assistance to students who wish to pursue higher education in India or abroad. The loan covers the cost of tuition fees, accommodation, and other related expenses.

The Education Minister further added that the government has taken several steps to ensure that education loans are easily accessible to students from all sections of society. Some of these measures include the setting up of a dedicated portal for education loans, simplification of the loan application process, and the inclusion of more educational institutions under the purview of the loan scheme.

The government has also taken steps to ensure that the interest rates on education loans are affordable for students. In 2022, the interest rates for education loans were reduced by up to 1.5%, which has helped to make education loans more accessible to students.

The disbursement of education loans has been steadily increasing over the years, with the government disbursing a total of Rs 16,704 crore in the 2021-22 financial year. This shows that more and more students are availing themselves of education loans to finance their higher education.

However, experts point out that the issue of education loan defaults remains a concern. In 2021, the total education loan defaults in India amounted to Rs 14,000 crore, which is a significant amount. To address this issue, the government has taken steps such as the setting up of a credit guarantee fund for education loans and the provision of loan restructuring options for students who are facing financial difficulties.

In conclusion, the disbursement of education loans has been a significant step towards providing financial assistance to students who wish to pursue higher education. The government’s efforts to make education loans easily accessible and affordable have helped to increase the number of students availing themselves of the loan scheme. However, more needs to be done to address the issue of loan defaults, and the government must continue to take steps to ensure that students can repay their loans without facing undue financial burden.

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