06.12.17 (VT) After winning a gold medal for her studies in Human Rights and International Law, Neetu Singh, is set to become the ambassador for her college’s Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao program. The Government run program has ambassadors in each State and district – high achievers in fields ranging from acting to athletics.
Neetu, a student of the Shri Girraj Maharaj College of Law and Professional Studies, received Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar University’s prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru gold medal. Neetu credited her success to her family, teachers and friends who supported her. She will now begin preparations for competitive entrance exams, hoping to land a high paying Government job.
The Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao (Save the girl child, educate a girl) scheme was launched in January 2015 by PM Modi. Its primary aim is to redress the uneven sex ratio due to illegal abortions of girl fetuses and the neglect of girl infants. The program aims to save girl children by changing people’s thinking about having a girl in the family. In one hugely popular campaign, people were encouraged to take selfies with their daughters.
Times are changing, but there are still lingering beliefs that women need to be kept in the home (away from danger) so, many girls, especially those from poorer families, are pulled out of school early. Even girls and women from wealthier families have to work much harder to be taken seriously as qualified professionals.
Schools and universities lending a hand in the ‘Beti Bachao, beti padhao’ program through awareness campaigns and highlighting the achievements of girls and women. Vatsalyagram Girls Gurukulum has been named a motivational centre for the program and GLA University helps to publicize the campaign by putting the slogan “Save the Girl Child” on its billboards.
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