To promote Muslim girls’ education, PM Narendra Modi has decided to give a special gift to all those who complete graduation before marriage. All such girls will get Rs 51,000 as part of the Shaadi Shagun scheme. Girls whose parents earn less than Rs 2 lakh per annum will be eligible for the scheme.

The Maulana Azad Education Foundation had proposed this gift for Muslim girls in July. The Ministry of Minority Affairs has now cleared it. Earlier, only girls till class XII got monthly stipends.

Meritorious girl students belonging to six notified minority communities — Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains and Parsis get the Begum Hazrat Mahal Scholarship. Shaadi Shagun is an addition to it, but only for Muslim girls.

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“We felt that families of Muslim girls and other minorities are always in dilemma about their daughter’s graduation studies and marriage. The minority groups prefer to save money for their daughter’s marriage rather than spend it on their graduation,” – Shakir Hussain Ansari

Shaadi Shagun is for all students availing Begum Hazrat Mahal scholarships, funded by the Maulana Azad Foundation.

 

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Incentivising girls’ education

“We felt that families of Muslim girls and other minorities are always in dilemma about their daughter’s graduation studies and marriage. The minority groups prefer to save money for their daughter’s marriage rather than spend it on their graduation,” says Shakir Hussain Ansari, Treasurer of the Maulana Azad Education Foundation.

The foundation will also prepare a website, detailing the criterion of the scheme.

Terms and Conditions

The only section of girls who can’t avail the scholarship is those whose parents earn more than Rs 2 lakh per annum.

The government’s initiative to help parents prioritize expenditure on education over marriage is a great step towards liberating Muslim women.

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