Berhampur: The Odisha government has given its nod to the construction of the extension building of the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya in Berhampur (KGBV), with an investment of around Rs 15 crore to accommodate more girl students in the hostels.
Currently, 17 KGBVs are functional in the Ganjam district, each hostel accommodating around 100 girl students from Class VI to VIII. Now the government has sanctioned an amount of 15 crore to accommodate 100 more girls of Class IX and X.
The new buildings are expected to get ready within a year. The construction of the new buildings in the KGBVs in Rangeilunda and Khallikote blocks had faced land disputes, said Samagra Siksha Abhiyan’s (SSA) district project coordinator, Binita Senapati.
The KGBV scheme was launched by the central government with an aim to boost the education among girl children, where they are being provided free residential education. The scheme was to benefit the school girls who are deprived of education and those who are in financial distress in rural and remote areas. This effort was to stop school dropouts among the girls.
However, with facilities being offered only till class VIII in KGBVs, it was observed that many girl students of poor families were dropping out for the lack of proper and adequate facilities after class VIII.
As a result, it has been decided to introduce the same residential facilities in the hostels of KGBVs to even girls enrolled in classes IX and X in the nearby schools from 2022. In some other states, including Uttar Pradesh, the hostel facilities in the KGBVs were extended to the girl students of Class VIII to XII, reported news agency PTI.