Bhopal:Wednesday, April 23:Madhya Pradesh is among the leading states where the state government is carrying out its duty towards girls’ education with dedication, conviction and sensitiveness.On one hand Gaon Ki Beti and Pratibha Kiran schemes have been launched by the state government for inspiring and helping girls towards higher education and on the other hand points related to higher education in state’s Women’s Policy are being implemented effectively in government colleges.
Thirty percent of seats have been reserved for girl students in all the government colleges. Relaxation in age limit has also been provided to girls in colleges. No tuition fee is charged from post-graduate girl students in non-technical courses being conducted by the state government. It is the result of these steps that among the total two lakh 94 thousand 129 college students in the academic session 2007-08, the number of girl students was one lakh 45 thousand 842 which amounts to more than 47 percent.
Basic amenities have been provided to women employees in all the government colleges. Not only this, but monitoring of these facilities is also undertaken from time to time. In all the colleges, women counseling cells have been constituted while in all the women’s colleges career guidance and counselling cells have been formed. Women have also been given due place in Public Participation Committee of colleges.
The Higher Education Department favours giving equal status to women. About 45 thousand women are working as teachers in the department. The Higher Education Department is laying special emphasis on creating awareness among the people about falling ratio of women and generating gender sensitivity in society. A course is being conducted for study on women under Jivaji University, Gwalior. Under Barkatullah University, a women’s study centre has been set up at Sarojini Naidu Girls College, Bhopal. As many as 53 women’s colleges are being conducted in the state out of which two have been given the status of Excellent College.