Here is good news for school and college-going girls of economically weaker sections in the city. The Chandigarh Administration will provide them cycles and laptops this year. A provision for this purpose has been made in the budget, sources said.
While cycles will be given to girls taking admission to class XI, laptops will be given to girls taking admission to the first year of degree courses. Only girls belonging to priority households identified under the National Food Security Act, 2013, will be eligible.
The process of admission in schools and colleges is currently on. Once this is complete, eligible students will be required to fill out the requisite forms after which the cycles and laptops will be provided.
The administration has proposed to dedicate the year 2014 to women. Therefore, efforts will be made for promoting the safety of the girl child and encouraging girls’ education. A total of four schemes have been initiated this year for which Rs 10 crore has been earmarked.
Director of Public Instructions (Schools) Kamlesh Kumar says, “After the admissions to class XI are over, the Education Department will seek details of eligible students from schools. Those who fulfil the criteria will be given cycles.”
Similar is the case with laptops. “Girl students from eligible families who are seeking admission to the first year of degree courses will be provided with laptops. Their number will be known once the applications are received,” says Director of Higher Education Sandeep Hans.
The Department of Food and Supplies had identified priority households before the implementation of the National Food Security Act in the city.
This is for the first time that the administration has introduced such a scheme. Similar schemes have been implemented in some states.