Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) has set up Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) intermediate colleges at 26 locations in Andhra Pradesh. The aim is to minimise the number of class X dropouts, especially girls. The classes will begin from this academic year, right after the intermediate board approves these colleges.
“The colleges will help students in setting a path for higher studies. Child marriages are common among girls who pass class X from KGBV schools. We are hoping these intermediate colleges with free education will reduce number of child marriages.”
The state government and SSA is sponsoring the program, with the state cabinet approving the proposal. Substantially, construction will take place at locations where land is available. Buildings will be rented, wherever land isn’t available. Construction will involve Rs 50 crore and a recurring cost. Consequently, postings and other maintenance will involve Rs 10 crore.
A total of 4,160 students will benefit from intermediate colleges. Significantly, these residential colleges will be offering free education, just as the KGBV schools across the state.
This initiative will vitally improve the education scenario in the state, empowering girls all over.
At a recent event, Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu talked extensively about women’s education and how crucial it is for the nation’s progress.
He said, “The empowerment of women is critical for any nation to grow. Apart from making students imbibe strong ethical and moral values, education should help to broaden their vision and sharpen their intellect. It also inculcates analytical skills, improves creativity, and makes them think innovatively to develop an inclusive outlook. And schools and colleges play a transformational role in shaping young minds; moulding their character and imparting the right value-based education.”
Bhawana is an intern with SheThePeople.Tv