Education of Minorities Girl Child: Most Important Topic for 2022 Competitive Exams

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  • Adolescence is a crucial phase in the life of woman. At this stage, she stands at the threshold of adulthood. This stage is intermediary between childhood & womanhood & it is the most eventful for mental, emotional & psychological wellbeing. The life-cycle approach for holistic child development remains unaddressed if adolescent girls are excluded from the developmental programmes aimed at human resource development.
  • The Adolescent Girls (AG) Scheme, implemented by the Ministry of Women & Child Development under Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) , primarily aims at breaking the inter-generational life-cycle of nutritional & gender disadvantage & providing a supportive environment for self-development.


  • The broad objectives of the Scheme are to improve the nutritional, health & development status of adolescent girls, promote awareness of health, hygiene, nutrition & family care, link them to opportunities for learning life skills, going back to school, help them gain a better understanding of their social environment & take initiatives to become productive members of the society.


  • The target group for the scheme covers out of school adolescent girls (AGs) in the age group of 11 to 14 years.
  • Scheme for Adolescent Girls was sanctioned in the year 2010 & is implemented in 205 districts across the country. Government has approved expansion & universalization of the Scheme for Adolescent Girls in a phased manner that is in additional 303 districts in 2017 - 18 & the remaining districts in 2018 - 19 with the simultaneous phasing out of Kishori Shakti Yojana (KSY) . Thus at present, 508 districts in the country are covered under Scheme for Adolescent Girls. In the identified areas of remaining districts KSY is implemented.