Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday announced the launch of free education from KG to PG. 169 residential schools opened across the state, out of the 255 planned for this academic year.On the first day of the academic year 2017-18, the CM congratulated the officials concerned for starting the residential schools aimed at imparting quality education on par with the international standards among the SC/ST/BC and minorities. He called upon the students who joined these schools to take inspiration from Mahatma Jyotirao Phule andBabasaheb Ambedkar and come up in life. He added that he was happy thatas per the promise given in the election manifesto, the beginning for KG to PG education for the weaker and backward sections children has begun with the residential schools.He said that before the formation of the state, there were only 259 residential schools for SC,ST,BC and minorities and within three years of forming the state, the government has taken the number to 527 and thenumber will rise to 786 in future. Half of the residential schools are exclusively meant for the girls to encourage them, providing facilities and protection. On each student, the government will be spending 1.25 lakh per year on an average. He said that in the government residential schools free education, meals and boarding is given to the students tillIntermediate level.Out of 169 schools that have started, 119 are for BCs, 50 for minorities. On June 15, another 50 residential schools will commence andon June 19, another 21 schools will begin for the minorities, said officials. Besides this, 15 ST women degree colleges will also start functioning from this academic year. Before formation, there were 134 schools for SCs. The TRS government started 104 schools for SCs, 30 degree colleges for SC women in its second year. Before the Telangana state formation, STs had 94 residential schools and the government started another 51 last year. This year, 15 new residential colleges forST women will start functioning.