To promote education for women in the country, the Centre has formulated the Cabinet Advisory Board of Education (CABE). Recently, the board held its fourth meeting in Hyderabad. It was led by State Minister for Higher Education Kadiyam Srihari.

The members recommended to the Centre free education for women in the country from primary to post-graduate level. They also came up with the idea of a women’s only university in every state and residential degree colleges in every district

In addition, the meeting unanimously agreed upon having well-built toilets in schools for girls, including water and adequate infrastructure. CABE will alsoask the Centre to boost the number of Kendriya Vidyalayas and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas.

The board will choose 15 best practices that the education departments of different states in the country are using. It will then be replicated across the country.

The board will submit an interim report by January 16 and a final report by the end of February. CABE had earlier had meetings in Guwahati, New Delhi and Bhubaneswar also.

Talking about Telangana and the steps the state government has taken to improve women’s education, Srihari said, “As the girls and their parents are evincing more interest in the residential education to their wards, free education would play a key role in encouraging girls to continue their education.”

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Besides this, he added that Gurukul Residential Schools for SC and ST girls are coming up to encourage them to study. The state is also running Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGVBs) which teach classes from VI to VIII sand have a capacity of about 100 students. However, he said that this needs upgrading to class XII with a capacity of 200 students with additional facilities.

Since several girls in rural parts of the country drop out because of the menstruation taboo and poor hygiene system in schools, Srihari says that the Telangana government is giving priority to maintenance of hygiene and health along with establishing positive academic environment for girls.

The next CABE meeting will happen in Delhi on January 15-16. Union Human Resources Development Minister Prakash Javadekar will head the meeting.

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