JAMMU: The state government will provide free education to 120 girls across the state who desire to pursue their graduation or post graduation from IGNOU. The state government will also pay their fees, Minister for Education, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari announced on Wednesday.
He was speaking during a program on “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Abhiyan” organised by IGNOU centre 1287D at Teachers Bhawan, Gandhi Nagar here, read an official handout.
Speaking on the occasion, the minister said that educating a girl and empowering her is a key for the development of the society and called for “equal access to education for the girl child enabling her to play a proactive role in the socio-economic development”.
Altaf Bukhari asked girls to motivate themselves to make effective contribution to development.
“Girls should be encouraged to stand up for their rights and express themselves with confidence that can only be possible by educating them,” the minister maintained.
He appreciated the initiative taken by IGNOU to give free education to 20 girl students every year.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Education, Tourism and Culture, Priya Sethi said that it is the duty of every citizen to advocate and promote girl child education to fulfill the objective of Indiawide drive “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” for empowering women.