Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Kadiyam Srihari proposed to provide free education to promote girls education in the country. The cabinet meeting held in Hyderabad was headed by Education Minister Kadiyam Srihari. Jharkhand Education Minister Niraja Yadav, Assam Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma, Special Human Resources Development Department Special Secretary Rinarayi, Member Secretary Meenakshi Garg and other officials attended the meeting. During the meeting, the Education Minister said the reforms were initiated to promote girls education in Telangana. He added that this cabinet meeting was intended to encourage girls and provide free and compulsory education to the PG to promote girls’ education. Presently, there is a special education center for women in Telangana, which has been established for degree courses for residential colleges, SCs and ST girls. The same is to be implemented in all the states across the country.
Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Kadiam Srihari, who is heading the sub-committee, convened a meeting here on Tuesday, along with Assam Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Jharkhand Education Minister Neera Yadav and Education Department officials of three States and Union government.
Speaking to mediapersons, Srihari said the Telangana government’s initiative to set up a residential education system had been giving rich results.
“Girls want to pursue education in residential schools and parents too are interested. There is a need to encourage residential system for girls across the country and accordingly the schools have to be started,” Srihari said.
While Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBVs) have been functioning till Class VIII, the committee wants the Centre to expand wings of the KGBVs and offer quality and free education to girls till Class XII. This apart, a recommendation has been made to increase the intake of students in Model School hostels from 100 to 200.
“On the lines of Kendriya Vidyalayas and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, the committee has recommended setting up of schools for girls up to Class XII,” Srihari said.
The committee also wants schools to maintain academic atmosphere besides providing basic amenities like toilets, running water, maintenance, safety measures and power supply and also appoint a counselor for adolescent girls.
Himanta Biswa said the recommendations would ensure compulsory, free and quality education for girls across the country. Neera Yadav said the same would give an impetus to the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ scheme of the Centre.
The panel has decided to submit an interim report to Union Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar during a meeting on January 15.
The committee will select 10 best practices on girl child education introduced by different States and incorporate the same in the final report which will be submitted by the end of January.