Education at no cost for girls at Karnataka

CM’s announcement

Of late, Chief Minister of Karnataka H.D. Kumaraswamy said the State government was planning to implement free education for girls from class 1 till post graduation. He was speaking during the felicitation ceremony organized by his alma mater National Education Society (NES), which is also in its centenary year. This was also part of former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s budget promise.

Memorandum

After the felicitation ceremony, members of the All India Democratic Students’ Organization submitted a memorandum and urged Mr Kumaraswamy to ensure that the decision by the earlier government of providing free bus passes to students in Karnataka, which was supposed to roll out from June, takes off. To this, the Chief Minister reportedly said he would call for a meeting shortly and review the project.

UN Report

Education for women is the single most effective way to improve lives and health of a family and a society at large is mainly considered to be the education for women according to the reports by UN report. For improvement on home and social front, a woman with education is a powerful person, she has the power to educate the children in her family, guide them in taking decisions, contribute economically and offer valuable inputs. In the case where 50% of the population is denied education – a nation remains underdeveloped women constitute almost half of a country’s population. Empowered women contribute to the development of the society, community and nation in numerous ways.

Significance of Women Education

Education is the most important power that shapes the lives of mankind. With the ability to think, reason, take appropriate decisions and protect oneself from oppression & abuse women education provides all the necessary empowerment. However, in most of the developing world around the globe including India, women are often denied educational opportunities. The women literacy rate in the urban area is 79.11% as against 88.76% males, and the figures are in fact lesser in the rural scenario where 57.93% women are literate as against 77.15% literate males in spite of women constitute 48% of the total population in India. In 2014, India GDP growth ranges between 4.6% – 5.3% (1st – 3rd Quarter) and this growth percentage can be drastically improved if women are educated and start contributing equally economically

Statistics

In regards to an article in one of India’s leading newspapers, at the time of independence, it is predicted that women enrollment for higher studies has increased from 10% to 41.5% in 2011 which clearly shows the significant increase in the literacy rate among Indian women. The Indian government has launched a number of programmes to encourage primary, secondary and higher education for women. However, the progress is albeit slow but moving steadily. The journey to become a successful nation begins with Universal Education for Women. India can reach its true potential as a nation only when its women population is equipped with the power of education.

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