The Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) scheme was launched by the Government of India
in August, 2004 for setting up residential schools at upper primary level for girls belonging predominantly
to the SC, ST, OBC and minorities in difficult areas. Initially it ran as a separate scheme, but was merged
with the SSA programme with effect from 1st April, 2007. With the RTE Act, 2009 coming into force with
effect from 1st April 2010, and the SSA Framework of Implementation being revised to correspond to the
RTE Act, the KGBV component of SSA would also be implemented in the overall context of child rights
and child entitlements and in harmony with the spirit and stipulations of the Act.