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Incentives to Girls for Secondary Education

Offered by


Department of School Education & Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India.


Objective of the Scheme


To establish an enabling environment to reduce the drop outs and to promote the enrolment of girl child belonging to SC/ST communities in secondary schools and ensure their retention up to the 18 years of age.


Financial Parameters


A sum of Rs. 3000 (Rupees three thousand only) would be deposited under term deposit/ fixed deposit in a public sector bank or in a post office in the name of every eligible girl child. The term/ period of the deposit may be counted from the date of deposit to the date on which the girl child attains the age of 18 years. No premature withdrawal will be allowed.


Target Group and components


    All SC/ST girls who pass class VIII and Girls, who pass class VIII examination from Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidhalayas (irrespective of whether they belong to Scheduled Castes or Tribes) and enroll for class IX in State/UT Government, Government-aided or local body schools in the academic year 2008-09 onwards. Married girls will be excluded from the scheme. Girl children studying in private unaided schools are proposed to be excluded since a majority of such schools charge high fees and therefore, parents of such girl students may not require the financial assistance that is being offered under this scheme. Students enrolled in schools run by Central Government are also being excluded from the scheme, as these children are either fully provided for already, or are those of Central Government employees, who can afford education of their children, without further support.


Process of Execution


•The funds may be released to the State/ UT Governments in two installments in every year. The 1st installment will be released immediately on receipt of the proposal. The 2nd installment may be released only after the receipt of utilization certificate of 1st installment and progress report from the respective State/ UT Government.


  •The application will be verified particularly with reference to birth certificate issued by the School Head based on enrollment record.


  •An account will be opened in the name of the beneficiary in the nearest public sector bank or in a post office by the implementing agency (State/ UT Governments or the autonomous organizations, as the case may be) and the amount deposited in a Fixed / Term Deposit.


  •A passbook or a certificate would be given to the student, which will also identify her as a beneficiary of the scheme.


  •The beneficiary will have to continue her study at least for two years in the secondary school after her enrollment in Class IX in order to avail the benefit under the scheme. The Principal/ Head of the school will furnish a certificate to this effect.


  •To be eligible to draw the matured amount a pre-condition would be for the beneficiary to pass class X Board examination successfully.


  •On attaining 18 years of age and production of


  •10th class pass certificate and


  •A certificate from the Principal / Head of the school that the girl beneficiary has continued her study for at least two years after enrolment in Class IX the implementing agency will authorize the bank to transfer the matured amount in the interest bearing account to the savings account in the name of the girl beneficiary.


Implementation Partners


State/ UT Governments, Schools controlled and managed by State Governments, Local Bodies and Aided Private Schools and Panchayati Raj Institutions will be the implementing partners. The amount of incentive may be released to the State/ UT Governments for depositing, the same in favour of the eligible girls.




Contact No: 01123073273

Contact Address: Deputy Secretary, Department of School Education & Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Shastri Bhawan, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road, New Delhi -110 001.


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