Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV)

The Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) scheme was launched by the Government of India in August, 2004 for setting up residential schools at upper primary level for girls belonging predominantly to the SC, ST, OBC and minorities in difficult areas. The scheme of the KGBV ran as a separate scheme but in harmony with the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), National Programme for Education of Girls at Elementary Level (NPEGEL) and Mahila Samakhya (MS) for the first two years, but has since 1st April, 2007 merged with the SSA programme as a separate component of that programme.

Scope/ Coverage of the scheme

The scheme was applicable since inception in 2004, in Educationally Backward Blocks (EBBs) where the rural female literacy is below the national average (46.13%: Census 2001) and gender gap in literacy is more than the national average (21.59%: Census 2001). Among these blocks, schools may be set up in areas

.concentration of tribal population, with low female literacy and/or a large number of girls out of school;
.concentration of SC, OBC and minority populations, with low female literacy and/or a large number of girls out of school;
.areas with low female literacy; or
.areas with a large number of small, scattered habitations that do not qualify for a school

The criteria of eligible blocks has been revised with effect from 1st April, 2008 to include the following:

.An additional 316 Educationally backward blocks with rural female literacy below 30%; and
.94 Towns/cities having minority concentration (as per the list identified by Ministry of Minority Affairs) with female literacy rate below the national average (53.67%: Census 2001)

Type of KGBV

No. of KGBV

Model-I (R+S) 100 Girls


Model-II (R+S) 50 Girls


Model-III (R) 50 Girls


Total (GOI)


GOG funded KGBV (Upper Primary) -
Model-III (R) 50 Girls


GOG funded KGBV (Secondary) -
Model-III (R) 50 Girls


* R= Residential, S=School

The components of the scheme

Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation

Methodology and Financial Norms under KGBV

Activities in the KGBVs

Information of KGBV (GOI & GOG)

Financial norms for KGBV
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