Karnataka government has taken a huge step towards educating girl child by announcing that it will bear the cost for the college education of all girl children in the state on Wednesday. The government will bear the cost of all the students who are pursuing pre-university, graduation and post-graduate courses in colleges run by it.
The announcement was made by Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Krishna.
This is a very progressive initiative by the Karnataka government as a very small percentage of girl children can make it to the higher education level.
Although we have Right to Education Act, girls usually drop out from school once they hit puberty. Apart from that, there are financial concerns for poor families who decide to make their girl child quit education.
By this move, the Karnataka governmentt has ensured a much healthier, gender-balanced future for the state.
About the scheme for educating girl students:
- As per the scheme to educate college girls in Karnataka, the government would bear the college fees of 3.7 lakh girls
- The scheme was approved by the state cabinet that met in Bengaluru
- The scheme would come into effect from this academic year itself
- This scheme wouldannually cost the state exchequer Rs 95 crore
- The state cabinet also approved and revision of allowances for employees as recommended in the sixth pay commission, which would incur an annual additional expenditure of Rs 400 crore.