Education is a powerful tool that makes us ready for various challenges in life. Due to the lower sex ratio in India, the government has initiated few schemes to provide girls with the opportunity to go to school so that they also contribute their part in nation-building.
Let’s take a look at some of the government schemes that are formulated with the aim to support the education of a girl child.
1. CBSE Merit Scholarship Scheme for a Single Girl Child
This scholarship is applicable for a single girl child with the aim to provide relaxation of ₹500 per month in the school tuition fee for the duration of two years during 11th and 12th class. This scholarship is available for the girl child studying in government school only and those who have secured at least 60% in 10th standard.
2. Balika Samriddhi Yojana
This yojana is applicable for the newborn babies in which a saving account is opened on their behalf by the parents. After reaching the age of 18, the girl become eligible to take control of her account.
3. Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana
Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana was launched in 2015 as a part of the ‘Beti Padho Beti Bacho’ campaign. This scheme encourages parents of a girl child to invest as a part of a small saving account keeping in mind various future expenses of their child. The minimum eligible age for this scheme is 10 years.
4. National Scheme of Incentive to Girls for Secondary Education (NSIGSE)
NSIGSE was launched in 2008 with the motto to encourage the education of a girl child belonging to SC/ST community in the age group of 14-18 years. An amount of ₹3000 is deposited in the name of the girl child which could be withdrawn with interest after reaching the age of 18.
5. Nanda Devi Kanya Yojana
This scheme was launched in 2011 by the Uttarakhand government with the focus to provide financial support to the parents of a girl child. As a part of this scheme, an amount of ₹1500 is deposit by the state government in the name of the girl child. After turning 18 and completion of her higher education, this amount is hand over to the girl child.