Bengaluru: With a view to making education more affordable, the students of the 746 Kasturba Gandhi Vidyalayas (KGV) of the state, who come from the weaker sections of the society, will now study in smart classes, as reported by a popular website. 

The KGVs provide free education to all such girls.

Under the ongoing 'Mission Shakti' programme it has been decided to equip all these schools with smart classes to ensure a better and well-equipped teaching interface, said a government spokesperson.

The facility has already been started in the KGV of Lucknow.

Dinesh Kumar, the Basic Education Officer of Lucknow, said, "The KGVs are being run in the 72 districts of the state and in these residential schools, the girls are given free education from Classes 6 to 8. Besides accommodation, the girls are also provided food, books and other facilities free of cost."

He further said, "Smart classes are already in place in all the eight KGVs of the eight blocks of Lucknow facilitating quality education to the girls through modern facilities like computers and projectors. Besides this initiative of the state government, the basic education department will also help the girls in connecting with the mainstream of the society."

More on Mission Shakti: 

It intends to educate boys on the need to respect women under its “Mission Shakti” scheme.

It also entails programmes to make women more self-reliant, confident and getting more security.

A popular website noted that in the first phase of the campaign till October 25, the higher education department has created awareness among 5,57,883 students in 6,349 colleges through webinar, awareness programmes and competitions.

And in the second phase, the department will set up a portal in which all relevant information about programmes being run for women and girls will also be put up.

Now that the government has decided to include these things in the academics, parents feel delighted.

Social worker Varsha Verma, as quoted by the website, said, “This is an important decision of the Yogi government which will change the thinking of boys. In the culture of India where Goddess 'Shakti' is worshipped, there will be real respect for girls. With this decision, the seeds of moral values will be sown in the students. The syllabus will inform about the life of great women personalities of India, success stories, gender equality and security-related issues.”