Government General Degree College, Nakashipara.

Kanyashree Prakolpo

KanyashreePrakalpo is a scheme launched by the Government of West Bengal, India, aimed at improving the status and well-being of girls, particularly those from disadvantaged families. The primary objectives of the scheme are to prevent early marriage, promote education, and improve the health and nutritional status of girls. Here are the key features and components of the KanyashreePrakalpo:


1. Prevent Child Marriage: To delay the age of marriage for girls to the legal age of 18 years.
2. Promote Education: To encourage girls to continue their education till at least the completion of their higher secondary education.
3. Empower Girls: To enhance the self-esteem and self-worth of girls in the community.


1. Annual Scholarship: Eligibility: Unmarried girls between the ages of 13 to 18 years. Amount: INR 1,000 per year.
Criteria: The girl must be enrolled in an educational institution.
2. One-Time Grant: Eligibility: Unmarried girls between the ages of 18 to 19 years. Amount: INR 25,000.
Criteria: The girl must be enrolled in an educational institution and must have turned 18 years old.


Target Group:Girls from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Administrative Setup: The scheme is implemented through the Department of Women Development and Social Welfare, Government of West Bengal. Application Process: The application process involves filling out forms, which are available at educational institutions and government offices, and submitting them along with the required documents.


Reduction in Child Marriage: The scheme has contributed to a significant reduction in the incidence of child marriage in West Bengal. Educational Attainment: There has been an increase in the enrollment and retention of girls in schools and higher educational institutions. Empowerment: Girls benefiting from the scheme have reported higher levels of confidence and aspiration for their future.


UN Awards: Kanyashree Prakalpo has been internationally recognized and has won the United Nations Public Service Award for its innovative approach to addressing the issues of child marriage and female education. Overall, Kanyashree Prakalpo has been a successful initiative in fostering the socio-economic development of girls in West Bengal, setting a model for other regions to follow.