Kanyashree Prakalpa is an initiative taken by the Government of West Bengal to help girls from economically backward families with financial support to help them pursue their education. These girls can go on change the economic condition of first their families and then their communities. The Kanyashree Prakalpa has been given international recognition by the Department of International Development, UK and also UNICEF.
The annual scholarship is specifically for unmarried girls between the age of 13 and 18 years, who have been enrolled in classes VIII-XII in government recognized regular or open schools or in vocational/technical training courses. In an effort to motivate more girls to enrol in the program and pursue their education, the Govt. of WB has withdrawn the family annual income parameter and have opened the scheme to all girl children.
Kanyashree Prakalpa has been designed to ensure that girls go to school and more importantly, stay in school. This will not just ensure that they are educated but also fight many other social evils such as child marriage and child labour.
On June 2017, United Nations honours Kanyashree Prakalpa with the highest public service award. Kanyashree was ranked the best among 552 such social sector schemes from across 62 countries that were nominated for the coveted award.
Finalist in GEM-Tech Awards 2016 organized by ITU and UN Women
United Nations WSIS Prize 2016 Champion in e-Government Category (WSIS Action Line C7)
CSI-Nihilent Award, 2014-15
Skoch Award and Order of Merit 2015 for Smart Governance
National E-governance Award 2014 - 2015 awarded by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, Government of India. Manthan Award for Digital Inclusion for Development (South Asia and Asia Pacific) 2014 under the category E-Women and Empowerment
West Bengal Chief Ministers Award for Empowerment of Girls, 2014
KANYASHREE PRAKALPA IN DAKSHIN DINAJPUR
Project Lakshya was started in Dakshin Dinajpur in 2019 under the Kanyashree Prakalpa. Initiated by Mr.Nikhil Nirmal, DM Dakshin Dinajpur, in collaboration with Edudigm, this program is dedicated towards selecting brilliant and deserving girls from Dakshin Dinajpur district, who have the aptitude and the potential to become engineers and doctors in the future.
Since 2009, Edudigm, an initiative by IIT Kharagpur alumni has been providing high quality mentoring services via its classroom, mock test and e-learning programs to empower students to explore opportunities, enjoy learning and excel in examinations.
With a vision to make quality education accessible and affordable for all, we at Edudigm believe in learning, doing and improving all the time.
In Dakshin Dinajpur, we have selected 40 meritorious students to be a part of our Arjuna, classroom program, under the umbrella of the Kanyashree Prakalpa.