To improve the girl child education scenario in the state, the state government of Punjab started the Mai Bhago Vidya Yojana in 2011. Under this scheme, the government provides free bicycles to girls studying in 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th standard in government schools in Punjab. In order to encourage girls to fulfill the school’s education, the Mai Bhago Vidya Yojana was started in the year 2011-12 with an ambitious goal.
The goal of the Mai Bhago Vidya Yojana is to ensure that girls continue their education beyond their primary level and to increase enrollment of girls, increase the number of girls in senior secondary and higher secondary level levels. Mai Bhago is the name of a brave Sikh lady soldier who guided Sikh soldiers against the Mughals in 1705. He was the hero of that war because he killed many Mughal soldiers.
Most girls in Punjab leave their education after 8th standard because the schools are away from their home. It is not easy for them to go to school without any vehicle and most of Punjab’s families can not buy vehicles or bicycles for their girls. The Mai Bhago Vidya Yojana helps those school going girls who can not buy vehicles or bicycles.
Benefits of Mai Bhago Vidya Yojana
The Punjab Government provides free bicycles to the girls studying in the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th standard of government schools in the state.
This helps to reduce the level of girls leaving school.
Eligibility for the Mai Bhago Vidya Yojana in Punjab
- Girls should be residents of Punjab State.
- Girls should be studying in class in the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th in the government school.
- Girl student must be below poverty line (BPL).
Documents required for Mai Bhago Vidya Yojana
- Identity card such as Aadhaar card
- Residential proof
- BPL card
- Caste certificate if applicable
- school Certificate
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The applicant will have to go to the Headmaster / Principal of the government school or college.
The applicant can also be here in Punjab in the concerned District / Taluk Education Officer.
Reference and Details
For more information about Mai Bhado Vidya Yojana in Punjab click here http://punjab.gov.in/