In an effort to address the low enrolment of girl students in engineering education, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has decided to give supplementary training on science and mathematics subjects to girls at senior secondary level through the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
“An initiative of CBSE, UDAAN, is to enable disadvantaged girls and other students from SC/ST and minorities to transit from school to post-school professional education especially in science and maths. The first flight of UDAAN is to address lower enrolment of girl in engineering colleges which is currently about 23 per cent girls as against 77 per cent of boys,” says a MHRD note on the highlights of the new initiatives taken up by Centre.
It is aimed at reducing the quality gap between school education and engineering education entrance systems by focusing on the three dimensions, curriculum design, transaction and assessment, it added.
The CBSE will also provide free and online resources to the entire student population with special incentives and support to a thousand selected disadvantaged girls per year.
Apart from this, the MHRD is also introducing new scholarship for girls ‘PRAGATI’ (Providing Assistance for Girls Advancement in Technical Education Initiative), where family income is less than `6 lakh per annum. Every year, 4,000 girls will get this scholarship, which is `30,000 or tuition fees, which ever is less and `2,000 per month for 10 months.
Anna University former V-C P Mannar Jawahar said, this initiative by the Centre would help improve the girl’s education.
“Enrolment of girls in professional education is good in states like TN and Kerala, where it is increasing every year. Girls are joining in large numbers in engineering courses like computer science, electrical, electronics and communication, information technology and biotechnology. But, in states like Bihar, girls enrolment in higher education is low, which will improve by the government’s initiative,” he said.