In view of encouraging girls to pursue higher education in the sate,Maharashtra is expected to provide free bus rides for girls to and from colleges soon.
The Department of Higher Education has undertaken a drive to collect data of such beneficiaries,so as to sent a formal proposal to the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) to work out a scheme.
State Director of Higher Education Prakash Gaikwad said all joint director-level offices in the state have been instructed to figure out the number of girl students engaged in higher studies in their respective jurisdiction.
We are compiling information like chunk of girl students using the State Transport buses as mode of transport and bus-fares on concerned routes. The consolidated data of all the joint director-level offices will give us a rough idea about number of beneficiaries to whom free bus travel has to be offered, he told Newsline on Sunday.
Gaikwad said his department would calculate the expenditure to be borne for this scheme before submitting a formal proposal with the MSRTC. If the number of beneficiaries for our scheme is too high,we will request the State Transport authorities to allow a substantial discount.
The authorities hope that girl students,especially those from rural areas,will be benefited from this proposed scheme,considering the fact that a major chunk of institutes of higher learning are located in the urban areas.
Reacting to the development,Anil Bhavsar,Principal of Sayajirao Gaikwad College of Arts and Commerce from Malegaon in Nashik district,said the proposed free bus travel would promote higher education for girls.
Girls education always finds low priority among middle-class and lower income group families. Most girls from such families are deprived of education,mainly due to financial reasons. The proposed scheme would add wings to the dreams of these girls,who are keen on pursuing higher education and excel in it, he said.