According to officials, about 437,000 girls have registered to benefit from two schemes introduced by the Gujarat government in March to provide financial help to eligible female students in classes 9 through 12.

While 403,000 girl students have registered for the ‘Namo Lakshmi Yojana’, nearly 37,000 have enrolled for the ‘Namo Saraswati Vigyan Sadhana Yojana’ as part of the ‘Shala Praveshotsav – Kanya Kelavni Mahotsav 2024’, an annual drive to enrol students in Class 1 in Gujarat, according to an official release issued on Tuesday.

The ‘Namo Lakshmi Yojana will pay Rs 50,000 over four years to girls seeking admission to Classes 9 to 12 for the academic year 2024-25. This scheme is available to girls whose family income is less than Rs 6 lakh per year, according to the statement.

The beneficiary students, after being admitted to Class 9, will receive Rs 500 per month for 10 months each year, with the full Rs 10,000 disbursed after passing the Class 10 board test, according to the statement.

Students in Classes 11 and 12 would earn Rs 750 per month for 10 months each year, with an additional Rs 15,000 awarded if they pass the Class 12 board exam, according to the announcement.

The initiative would apply to girls enrolled in government, aided, and private schools.

The ‘Namo Saraswati Vigyan Sadhana Yojana’ aims to encourage youngsters to pursue and excel in science, according to the announcement.

Students in Classes 11 and 12 who have chosen science would receive Rs 1,000 every month for ten months, totaling Rs 20,000 over two years, with the remaining Rs 5,000 disbursed after passing the Class 12 board test.

According to the announcement, the aid amount for both schemes for the months of June and July would be credited to the student’s mother’s bank account or the pupil’s own account via DBT (Direct Benefit Transfer).