Punjab is set to implement the country’s first ever programme to teach government colleges to teach women the same kind of classes as men.
The Ministry of Education (MoE) has submitted a draft law to the state government for making the programme a reality, which will enable the government to offer grants to state and tribal government colleges across the state to train women.
The scheme is a first of its kind in the country.
“The objective is that by the time women graduate from government institutions, the women students of government institutions will be as well trained as those of any other university in the state,” said an official in the MoE.
The proposed scheme has been mooted since April last year and was first mooted in the previous assembly session.
The idea is to make it possible for women students to attend state-run government colleges.
The Government of National Capital Territory (NCT) and the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) have been working on the scheme for about five months, with one meeting recently, said a member of the NCT Council, referring to the meeting of the Centre and the provinces in June this year.
“We are planning to roll out this scheme soon,” the member said, requesting anonymity for security reasons.
As part of the scheme, universities can also offer scholarships, which are currently available for women but do not allow them to go to university.
Under the scheme announced in May, universities from tribal regions like Meerut, Ghaziabad and Ghana and those in rural areas, like Dera Ghazi Khan, are to start offering scholarships to their female students.
Students who are eligible to start their studies at a government college will receive scholarships worth up to ₹1 lakh per student, besides getting access to free boarding in the school and health facilities and other assistance, according to the draft law, which was submitted to the NCCTs office in April this year.(File: Manoj Kumar / The Sport)The education ministry, which is handling the scheme on a voluntary basis, is also providing scholarships to the students for the cost of accommodation.
The scholarship can be in the form of a fee or an amount paid to the student, or the student will get the scholarship directly from the institution.
The government has been working to ensure that the scholarships are fair to all students, said the member.
The colleges are also working on implementing the scheme with some colleges in the north-west having already announced that they will do so as well.