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West Bengal is the only major state in the country where girl students have outnumbered boys. A recent survey released by the Unified District Information System for Education Plus (UDISE+) shows that only three other states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, and Meghalaya have enrolled more girl students than boys. State-wise data released by the UDISE+ shows that of the 18,74,87,792 students enrolled from pre-primary to class XII in the academic session of 2019-20, there are 2,32,012 more girls students than boys. When the number of girl students is 94,89,902, the number of boy students is 92,57,890.

"For the last five years, it has been the continuous effort of the state government to promote and empower girls. The Kanyashree project has been massively successful. Most states in the country including the Central government have similar projects to educate and empower girls but West Bengal's success lies in the implementing mechanism. When the other states tried to reach the grassroots level through Panchayats, West Bengal is the only state where Kanyashree has been implemented through the administrative mechanism," a senior official from the state Women and Child Welfare Department said.

Student This social and administrative compulsion has allowed the girl students better access to schools and education Photo by Nikhita S on Unsplash

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