India: Big boost for lone girl child: Free study
Big boost for lone girl child: Free study
In a bid to correct the male-female sex ratio while promoting population control, the Ministry of Human Resource Development has decided to waive fees and hand scholarships to all girls from single-child families until the post-graduation level. It will be effective from the next academic session in all non-professional courses. Any single girl child of parents who have consciously adopted family planning measures after the birth of their single child would be eligible under the scheme. The girl will need to submit an affidavit, attested by a First Class Magistrate or a Gazetted Officer, mentioning that she is the only child. The scheme—it will include all families with a single girl child, irrespective of income groups—would start from the senior school level, providing Rs 800 per month as scholarship to the girl. Her fees too would be exempted. While fee exemption would continue until post-graduation, the scholarship would be raised to Rs 1,000 per month for an under-graduate course and Rs 2,000 per month during post-graduation. Students who get this scholarship will not be barred from other scholarships. The incentive will, however, be reduced for a family with only two girls as children. Parents will have to pay for the education of only one girl. No scholarship would be provided in such cases. If a student drops out mid-way without approval, the scholarship will stop and she will have to refund the amount she has received.