New Delhi: The Minister of Human Resource Development (HRD) Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ has said that self-defence training is already being imparted to girls of class VI to XII belonging to Government Schools under Samagra Shiksha – a flagship scheme of the Government in the school education sector. Funding of Rs. 3,000 per school per month for this purpose is provided for three months for inculcating self-defence skills, including life skills for self-protection and self-development among girls.
Self-defence training is also imparted in Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBVs) which are residential schools meant for girls of Class VI to XII and belonging to disadvantaged groups, said the Ministry in a Press communication today.
Self-defence training is regularly provided to girl students in Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs), Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) and schools run by Central Tibetan Schools Administration (CTSA), where girls are trained in Judo, Taekwondo, Boxing, and other martial arts. In KVs, inter-house competitions and tournaments of these games are conducted at regional and national levels.
University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued letters from time to time to Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) requesting them to sensitize the management and teachers, and to work out a roadmap for implementation of the recommendations of the SAKSHAM report on measures for ensuring the safety of women and programs for gender sensitization towards a policy of zero tolerance on the campuses. The UGC has also framed guidelines on safety of students on and off campuses of HEIs.
The Special Police Unit for Women and Children (SPUWAC) of Delhi Police organizes self-defence training classes and workshops on the request of heads of schools, colleges, MNCs, hospitals, institutions, NGOs, NCC, and hotels for students, working women and housewives.