National Programme for Education of Girls at Elementary Level (NPEGEL),Government of India


There exists a significant gender gap in enrolment at the elementary level, which is more acute for schedule caste and scheduled tribe girls, for whom the gender gap is almost 30% at the primary level and 26% at upper primary stage. The reduction of this gender gap has now plateaued and further reduction would require a concerted focus on the hard to reach groups. Therefore, it is necessary to include certain interventions addressing the specific needs of girl children.

Accordingly this scheme, NPEGEL is initiated for education of under privileged/ disadvantaged girls from class 1st to 8th standard as a separate and distinct gender component plan of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA). The gender component is necessary to achieve Elementary Education for girls in educationally backward areas.


The objectives of National Programme for Education of Girls at Elementary Level are:

  • To develop and promote facilities to provide access and to facilitate retention of girls and to ensure greater participation of women and girls in the field of education
  • To ensure greater participation of women and girls in the field of education.
  • To improve quality of education.
  • To stress upon the relevance and quality of girls education for their empowerment.


Educationally Backward Blocks means a block where the level of rural female literacy is less than the National average and the gender gap is above the national average.
Blocks of districts which have atleast 5% Schedule Cast/ Schedule Tribal population and Schedule Cast/ Schedule Tribal female literacy rate below 10% shall also be taken up under this programme.




To strengthen the capacity of National,State and district institutions and organisations for planning

How To Apply

Contact to any of the followings:

  1. Contact to The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan State Implementation Society at State level Or
  2. Contact to a Gender Coordinator at the State level Or
  3. Contact to Mahila Samakhya Society Or
  4. Contact to State Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Society Or
  5. Contact to Gender Unit of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan society Or

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