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Girls’ Hostel Scheme in Educationally Backward Blocks

This topic provides information about the Centrally Sponsored Scheme to set up a 100-bedded Girls’ Hostel in each of 3479 Educationally Backward Blocks (EBBs) in the country.


This is a new Centrally Sponsored Scheme launched in 2008-09 and is being implemented from 2009-10 to set up a 100-bedded Girls’ Hostel in each of 3479 Educationally Backward Blocks (EBBs) in the country. The Scheme has replaced the earlier NGO driven Scheme for construction and running of Girls’ Hostels for Students of Secondary and Higher Secondary Schools, under which assistance was provided to voluntary organisations for running Girls’ Hostels.


The main objective of the Scheme is to retain the girl child in secondary school so that girl students are not denied the opportunity to continue their study due to distance to school, parents’ financial affordability and other connected societal factors. Another objective of the Scheme is to make Secondary and Senior Secondary education accessible to a larger number of girl students.


  • The girl students in the age group of 14-18 yrs. studying in classes IX and XII belonging to SC, ST, OBC, Minority communities and BPL families.
  • Students passing out of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBVs) will be given preference in admission in hostels.
  • At least 50% of girls admitted will be from SC, ST, OBC and Minority communities.

Financial norms

S. No. Item Rs. in lakhs
Non recurring grant
1. Construction of building including 2 room accommodation for warden State schedule of rates to be used as per specified detailed norms for a 100-bedded hostel.
2. Boundary wall
3. Boring Hand Pump (minimum rates prescribed by State Drinking Water department subject to a ceiling of Rs. 1.00 lacs)
4. Electricity
5. Furniture,Bedding and equipment including kitchen equipments 6.91
Recurring Grant
1. Food/Lodging Expenditure per girl child @ Rs. 850 per month 10.20
2. Honorarium of warden @ Rs. 5,000 per month (in addition to her salary as teacher) 0.60
3. Chowkidar @ Rs. 3,000 per month 0.36
4. 1 Head Cook (@ Rs. 3,000 per month) and 2 Astt. Cook (@ Rs. 2,500 per month) 0.96
5. Electricity/Water per year 0.60
6. Maintenance per year 0.40
7. Medical care@ Rs. 750 per year per girl 0.75
8. Toiletries and sanitation @ Rs. 100 per month for each girl 1.20
9. News paper/ magazines and sports @ Rs. 2,000 per month 0.24
10. Miscellaneous 0.40
Total 15.71

Strategy for Construction of Hostels/Schools

It is proposed to construct one hostel with the capacity of 100 girls in each of the 3500 educational backward blocks. Wherever there is space in KGBV compound, the hostels would preferably be constructed there. Such hostels would be under the administrative control of concerned KGBV. Students passing out of KGBV will be given preference in admission in hostel. In case, there i s no spare space in the KGBV compound or in the blocks where no KGBV has been sanctioned, the hostel may be constructed in the compound of a secondary/ higher secondary school selected by the State/UT Government. The hostel will be under the administrative control of the Headmaster / Principal of concerned school. However, students of neighbouring schools will also be eligible for staying in the hostel.

The minimum living space available to each inmate should be 40 sq. feet excluding kitchen, toilet and other common space. The buildings will be designed as earthquake resilient and will be fitted with basic fire safety equipments. Efforts will also be made t o design the buildings with provision for solar energy generation, use of solar cooker and biogas.

Source : Ministry of MHRD

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