Government colleges in Maharashtra have started offering courses in government degree, including bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and they’re being hailed as a major success story in a country with a high gender imbalance.
But for many students, getting into government colleges was never going to be easy.
The government-run colleges, called government degrees, are part of the Education Department’s (ED) mission to empower women and girls in rural areas.
In rural India, the education department provides basic education to nearly 2.5 billion people, making them the largest single category of rural population in the country.
With the help of the state government, which has been distributing scholarships for women students since the 1970s, government colleges in rural India are opening up.
In some cases, they have created their own departments, offering programs in women’s studies and social work.
“The government-funded government degree has come into existence, which we have been pushing,” says Shajeet Singh, president of the Women’s University Association of India (WUAI).
But some students still don’t get the chance to go into government. “
When you have a job, there is a greater opportunity to make a mark on the job market,” she says.
But some students still don’t get the chance to go into government.
“I want to go to government college, but they will not let me,” says Rachna Kala, a student from Vadodara.
“So I have decided to take a government degree from a government college in Vadavaram.”
According to a 2015 report by the World Economic Forum, the Indian government-owned colleges are doing well in improving gender equity and opening up to women.
But some students are still unhappy with the process.
“There is a lot of pressure on them, to go for the government college or the government degrees,” says Suresh Bhaskar, a graduate student from Rajasthan.
“For them, they are the first choice.
But in fact, it is not about government degrees.
It is about the government jobs.”
The Government of Maharashtra, which is part of India’s government, is one of the states that has been promoting the concept of government degrees since the 1960s.
The ED, which was created in 2009, has been expanding the number of government colleges to 50.
The colleges have been doing well, and the ED has also opened a special programme for women candidates.
The Education Ministry has said that the government-sponsored government degree program will be expanded to 100,000 students, who will be given up to six months to complete their degree.
“This will be the first government-supported government degree programme in India, and we will open up to more than 100,00 students,” said Shojeet, who is also a member of the governing body of the government universities.
The Government of India says the government sponsored degree programme is aimed at empowering women and women students.
The ED has not released any data on the percentage of women in the workforce and the number who choose to go through government education.
“It is a matter of public interest to know the data.
However, we have not published the data for this purpose,” said Nirmal Gupta, the ED’s deputy commissioner for women.