Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya
Launched in August, 2004 by the Government of India, the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) scheme has been a part of Ministry of HRD’s Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan since April 2007. It aims at setting up residential schools at upper primary level (VIth, VIIth, VIIIth) for girls belonging predominantly to the SC, ST, OBC and minorities in difficult areas.
Such schools are encouraged in blocks with rural female literacy below 30 percent.
The scheme is being implemented in educationally backward blocks (EBBs) of the country where the female rural literacy is poor and gender gap in literacy is high.
Currently, 3,609 Balika Vidyalayas exist in 460 districts across India.
3,609 Balika Vidyalayas(as per 2014 reports) are operational in the country enrolling 3.64 lakh girls. The Scheme is open for:
- A girl aged 11 and above
- A Drop-out or Out-of-school girl child particularly from low literacy habitation
- Under exceptional cases girls in difficult circumstances who are unable to complete primary education can be enrolled
- Also, she should either be :
- Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST) Child
- Child from Other Backward Classes (OBC)
- Child from a minority community
- Child from a BPL family
(Girls from educationally forward communities with no real disadvantage are not to be admitted under KGBV even if they belong to educationally backward regions)
The scheme provides for:
- Free Text Books
- Free Uniform
- Monthly Scholarships
- Food & Accommodation facilities along with Medicare, sports equipments and necessary toiletries
- Physical & Self-defence training to girl students
- Stipend for girl student Rs 100/- per month
- Supplementary learning material, stationery and other educational material costing Rs 1,000 per girl student per annum
- A reservation of 75% of the seats for girls belonging to SC, ST, OBC or minority communities
- 25% of the seats are accorded to the girls from BPL families
The objective of KGBV is to ensure access and quality education to the girls of disadvantaged groups of society by setting up residential schools at upper primary level.
- Birth Certificate
- Relevant Caste Certificate
- BPL Card of the girl child’s family
- Pass result of primary classes
- Sufficient proof shall be given to rule out the possibility of artificial break after primary schooling
How to Apply
The admissions to Balika Vidyalaya begin every year in the month of May. For admissions parents must contact the nearest Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya and fill up the registration form.
Complete registration form must be submitted with necessary documents.
List of schools providing such education to girls can be found here:
Detailed information can be obtained from the Block development office.