Efforts are on to provide the best possible educational opportunities for girls as they have the potential to bring about economic and social transformation in the state, said chief minister Harish Rawat.
Distributing computer tablets among high school and intermediate board top scorers at the district and block level among girls on Friday evening, Rawat said daughters can be the most effective instrument of change in a society.
“Our daughters have the inherent ability to bring about a change in the state, which will further be honed through better educational opportunities, for which all-out efforts are being made,” an official press note quoting Rawat said.
“Computer tablets being given away to meritorious girls today are a symbolic gift to them so that they make optimum use of the available technology for their benefit in terms of academic excellence and a good career.”
Highlighting efforts being made by the state government to make technological education more girl-oriented, the chief minister said all-women Industrial Training Institutes, polytechnic and nursing institutes are being conceived to help girls develop proper skills and get employment.
“We are taking girl education on a mission mode,” he said.
Efforts were also on to ensure that technical education was well within an easy access of girls. Citing an example, he said that plans were afoot to set up all-girls technical institutes like Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and polytechnics besides the Information Technology (IT) course.
“Similarly, we will not allow financial constraints to come in the way of women specific courses for nursing and auxiliary nurse midwives,” an official note quoted the chief minister as saying.
Efforts were also on to ensure that there was a knowledge sharing between the educational institutes and the institutes imparting technical education.
Rawat also exhorted girls to keep on trying to achieve goals in an era of competitive excellence.
“Along with the mission to make education accessible to girls, a campaign has also been initiated to create awareness about sanitation and hygiene among them,” the CM said, adding that school girls would have to play an important role in the ongoing campaign.
He also urged the legislators to contribute Rs 15 lakh each from their local area development fund (LAD) to make the campaign a success.
“I myself will contribute Rs 25 lakh towards the campaign from my LAD fund,” he said.