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About The Gender Inclusion Fund (GIF)


Recently, the Minister of State for Education informed the Lok Sabha about the Gender Inclusion Fund (GIF), mentioned in the National Education Policy (NEP), 2020. 


GS II: Education

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. Gender Inclusion Fund (GIF)
  2. Interventions for Girls’ Education under Samagra Shiksha
  3. Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBVs)

Gender Inclusion Fund (GIF):

  • The Gender Inclusion Fund (GIF) aims to ensure high-quality education for all children, with a focus on promoting gender inclusion.
  • It seeks to address concerns related to Socio-Economically Disadvantaged Groups (SEDGs), including females and transgender individuals.
  • The fund will be utilized to provide necessary amenities, such as secure and sanitary vending machines, to enhance educational infrastructure.
National Education Policy (NEP) and Gender Inclusion:
  • The NEP emphasizes “Equitable and Inclusive Education,” aiming to ensure that no child is left behind due to socio-cultural identities.
  • It recognizes the concerns of Socio-Economically Disadvantaged Groups (SEDGs) and promotes gender as a cross-cutting priority for achieving gender equality in education.
  • Specific provisions under Samagra Shiksha 2.0, part of NEP, allocate dedicated resources for SEDGs, including girls.

Interventions for Girls’ Education under Samagra Shiksha:

  • Opening of schools in the neighborhood to facilitate access for girls.
  • Provision of free uniforms and textbooks for girls up to class VIII.
  • Appointment of additional teachers, including women teachers, to ensure quality education.
  • Stipend for girls with special needs (CWSN) from class I to XII.
  • Construction of separate toilets for girls for improved sanitation and hygiene.
  • Sensitization programs for teachers to promote girls’ participation.
  • Development of gender-sensitive teaching-learning materials, including textbooks.


Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBVs):

  • KGBVs are residential schools for girls from disadvantaged groups, such as SC, ST, OBC, Minority, and Below Poverty Line (BPL) categories.
  • These schools cater to classes VI to XII and are established in Educationally Backward Blocks to reduce gender gaps in education.

June 2024