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Mr. Singh said the global scenario has been changing fast and women were excelling as leaders in almost every field. He said that it had been possible due to the liberalization of our society and progressive policies and programmes of the Government towards betterment of women in the society.
The Chief Minister said that in Himachal Pradesh women were better placed and educated. The female literacy had crossed 68 per cent which was much higher than the national average. He said that efforts were afoot to improve the female literacy further and a programme `National Programme for Education of Girls at Elementary level' in seven development blocks, which had lower literacy rate, had been launched recently. He said that girls' education was being given added priority. They were being imparted free education up to university level. He said that scholarships were being provided to encourage girl students. He informed that with the launching of universal elementary education programme in the State, education up to middle standard would be made compulsory and additional infrastructure created to match the requirements for the success of the programme.
Mr. Singh said that the State had a vast network of about 14,000 educational institutions in the Government sector and many more private institutions were supplementing the efforts of the Government in bringing about complete literacy in the State. He said that the Government proposed to open or elevate 277 new educational institutions during current financial year while special emphasis would be laid on bringing about qualitative improvement in the educational activities. He said the Government had decided to introduce English subject from First Standard from next academic session.
The Chief Minister announced Rs. 30 lakhs for centenary celebrations of the College. Sister Dr. Melba, Principal of the College, gave details of the programmes lined up for the centenary celebrations.
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