Gross enrollment ratio of girls is now higher. (Photo Credit: File)
Finance Minister Nrimala Sitharaman on Saturday said that ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' scheme has yielded tremendous results as gross enrolment ratio of girls across all levels of education now higher than boys. Siting data, Sitharaman, while presenting Union Budget 2020 said that the gross enrollment ratio of girls in educational institutes is now higher than boys, she revealed. At the elementary level, girl enrollment is currently at 94.32 per cent compared to 89.28 per cent for boys, according to the data cited by the finance minister.
Earlier on Friday, President Ram Nath Kovind said that the number of girls admitted to higher education institutes has exceeded that of boys for the first time.
Addressing a joint sitting of both houses of Parliament, Kovind said, "I am delighted to inform you that for the first time ever in history of the country, number of girls admitted in higher education has exceeded that of boys".
"My government is laying emphasis on schemes aimed at improving quality of education and promoting innovation. More than Rs 37,000 crore has been sanctioned for modernisation of 75 educational institutions in the country through the Higher Education Funding Agency. Government has initiated action for appointment of about 7,000 teachers in Kendriya Vidyalayas and 12,000 teachers in higher education institutions. 'Swayam2' has also been introduced by the government to strengthen the online education system," he added.
The President said by setting up the National Medical Commission, the government has reaffirmed its commitment to reform medical education and healthcare.
"Seventy-five new medical colleges have been sanctioned this year, which will result in an increase in MBBS seats by about 16,000 and PG seats by more than 4,000. In addition, 22 AIIMS have been sanctioned for various parts of the country, construction work for which is in progress," he said.
Kovind said establishment of institutes of higher education such as IIT, IIM, AIIMS is proceeding at a rapid pace in Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh. The president said the government is constantly striving for the social, economic and educational progress of the minority community.
With PTI Inputs