The government has decided to extend to women the right to access higher education and is offering more incentives to women to pursue higher education, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said.
The move, made at the start of the second month of his term, comes at a time when many in the government are concerned about the lack of women in the workplace.
In an interview to be broadcast on Saturday, Modi also said he was proud of his wife Anupam Kher and daughter Naina, who were named as “top five achievers” of the country’s most celebrated female achievers in the recent World Economic Forum.
“They have a very bright future ahead of them,” he said.
“I am very proud of them.
I have given them a lot of attention and I will continue to do so.”
The government is also making efforts to ensure that more women have the opportunities to enter public service.
In a bid to bring women into the private sector, it is giving them the right of entry to the public sector.
The prime minister also announced the appointment of his daughter as a cabinet minister, saying that the government was in the process of appointing the woman from her hometown of Udaipur.
Modi has also announced a number of reforms to the civil service and government institutions.
He announced that the ministry of education would be reformed to bring more women into it, while the civil aviation department would be overhauled to bring in more women from the domestic sector.
Modis move comes at the same time that a group of women students from the Indian Institute of Technology are taking part in the “Women’s Entrepreneurship Day” event to showcase their business skills and offer advice to young women.
The programme aims to encourage women to start their own businesses and encourage them to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.