Girls Hostel Scheme
A Centrally Sponsored Scheme titled “Scheme for
Strengthening of Boarding and
Hostel facilities for Girl Students of Secondary and Higher Secondary Schools”
implemented up to 2004-05. The scheme was launched in 1993-94 with the basic
objective to address the problem of access to secondary schools for girl
scheme as modified w.e.f. 16.8.2001 provides for grant of Rs. 10,000/- per annum
girl boarder and one time non-recurring grant of Rs. 3,000/- per boarder to
organizations for running hostels for girl students of secondary and higher
schools. Students from classes VI to XII were eligible for assistance under the
and a maximum of 150 boarders were assisted in a single hostel.
The scheme was launched keeping in view huge historical deficit in girls’ education and the marked disparity between boys’ and girls’ education in secondary stage. It was considered imperative to provide access to girls to secondary schools in such a way that they are not required to cover large distance. The scheme to provide financial assistance to NGOs to run girls’ hostels close to the schools was launched with this objective in view.
Various problems were encountered in the implementation of the scheme and allegations were received about misappropriation of funds by NGOs. It was observed that certain procedural loopholes in the scheme were being exploited by some of the voluntary organizations. Besides, involvement of the State Government was minimal in monitoring of the scheme.
In view of the above, it was decided to revise the scheme and pending revision, not to release any grant beyond 2004-05. A Press Communiqué was issued on 20.4.2005 to this effect.
Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS), Mumbai was entrusted with evaluation of the scheme for Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Orissa.