Launched in the financial year 2008–2009 and implemented in 2009 -2010, Girls’ Hostel Scheme in Educationally Backward Blocks is a centrally sponsored scheme. Under this scheme, over 100 bedded girls’ hostel will be set up in all 3479 educationally backward blocks in India. The earlier scheme, i.e., Girls’ Hostels for Students of Secondary and Higher Secondary Schools, has been replaced by the present Girls’ Hostel Scheme in Educationally Backward Blocks.
Primary aim of the scheme is to encourage girl child education by retaining girl students in secondary schools and proffering them an opportunity to continue their education considering distance between their home and school, family’s financial condition, and relevant societal aspects.
The scheme also has an objective of making secondary and senior secondary schools and education easily accessible to majority of girl students.
While applying to the scheme, girl students must be in the age group of 14–18 years old and studying in class 9th and 11th and those belonging to SC/ST/OBC and other minority communities and families below the poverty line.
Under this scheme, girl students passing out of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya are given preferences while their admission in hostels.
Implementation of the scheme
Girls’ Hostel Scheme in Educationally Backward Blocks is implemented by the state government of India, for which special state government societies have been established. The central share and applicable state share are released to the respective state government and implementing agency, respectively.
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