In what could be termed as a landmark in Indian education, around 1,000 young girls living in slums and jhuggi clusters in East Delhi have been admitted to EDMC schools, who would now be provided free education under the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ mission.
The students from underprivileged background were taken up by the municipal schools with the support of BJP National Secretary and East Delhi MP, Maheish Girri, the civic body said, as reported in PTI.
“A mammoth mission was undertaken by EDMC teachers and the office of the East Delhi MP, to go door-to-door to convince the families of these girls to send them to school. The parents were counselled and recommended, after which the girls are being admitted by the EDMC,” the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) said in a statement. The girl students will not be given free education but also all the related expenditures such as books and copies for studying.
To mark the formal commencement of the education of these girl children, Girri and other dignitaries felicitated the students by distributing admission letters to some of them, amidst much excitement.
“Today girls are the source of power and energise all walks of life. They hold a very special position in all fields, be it personal or professional. For the nation to progress, it is indispensable that the girls are educated and empowered,” Girri said.
Recently, in an effort to intensify its efforts to implement ” Beti Bachao Beti Padhao” campaign in the state, the Haryana government also decided to display logos of the programme at government buildings and public places in 12 districts to spread awareness among the masses about the initiative.