Jul 022016

Anandi Gopal Joshi as icon of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao

The Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao scheme is a unique scheme of the NDA govt. for the empowerment and education of the girl children in India. And Dr. Anandi Gopal Joshi was the first Indian female who got a degree in medicine and started practicing in India. She is considered an icon and the source of motivation for the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao scheme. At the time when the female education was not given any sort of importance in the Indian society, she broke all barriers and got a physician degree from the United States and returned to India for practicing.

Anandi Gopal Joshi- First Indian woman to get degree in medicine

Dr. Anandi Gopal Joshi went to United States to get medical degree at times when the women of this nation were dealing with social issues regarding Sati system, dowry system, female infanticide, etc. At that time, there was no place for women education in the Indian society. Women were deprived of education and other basic rights as compared to men. But she broke all stereotypes and went for her dream. She is an icon for every girl student and is a source of inspiration for the young generation of women to focus on education and empowerment.

Sl. No. Dr. Anandi Gopal Joshi details Related information
1 Date of Birth 31st March 1865
2 State belongs to Maharashtra
3 Year of joining degree in medicine 1883
4 Year of completion of degree 1886
5 Name of college Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania

Present literacy ratio in India

At present the literacy ratios of our country is not very balanced. The condition of female literacy in our country has become better that before but there is a big gender inequality in terms of male literacy rate and female literacy rate. As per the last census reports, 65.46 % of women are literate in India where as the literacy rate of the males is nearly 74 %. This gap in the literacy rate is a matter of concern and needs to be abolished as soon as possible. Also the save girl initiative is to be promoted in the country, especially in the backward and rural areas.

Focus on the gender critical districts

The central govt. has started to locate the districts where the female education needs to be improved on emergency basics. Most of the backward districts where the female literacy ratio is very poor are being targeted and the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao scheme will be enacted in those districts as soon as possible. So far, 262 districts have been targeted and the work has already been started for improving the education facilities of the girl students.

Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao scheme promises

Under this women education and empowerment scheme, the govt. wants to decrease the rate of school dropouts in the primary and secondary levels for the female candidates. Also the female students belonging to the backward categories and economically poor sections will be provided scholarships and other facilities so that they can continue their study. So Anandi Gopal Joshi is considered as icon for this.


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