Noted spiritual leader Guruvanand Swami Gurudev of Brahmrishi Ashram has come forward to fund the high school education of one lakh girl students.

Announcing it as a ‘gift’ to new Andhra Pradesh, the saint offered to launch it from Ramachandrapuram mandal near Tirupati, founding place of his Ashram, and followed by Chittoor and Kuppam mandals soon. Drawing inspiration from the Prime Minister’s ‘Beti Bachao – Beti Padhao’ slogan, he plans to cover the entire Andhra Pradesh and extend the same to the States of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, where the female literacy levels are very low.

Guruvanand Swami said the scheme would be launched in a fortnight in nine high schools of Ramachandrapuram mandal, in consultation with the District Educational Officer, thus benefiting 380 girl students of IX and X standards and 750 students from VI to VIII class. Exam fees of the students would be paid and they would be provided uniform, geometry box and study material. “We plan to take the assistance of philanthropists, educationists and policymakers in this endeavour, believing in the principle “Together Everyone Achieves More (TEAM)”, he told the media here on Wednesday.

The Brahmrishi Ashram already funds the education of both boys and girls from first to fifth standard, explained B. Subhash Chand Jain, who coordinates the saint’s dharmic activities.Philanthropists Kesavulu Naidu, Avilala Rajasekhara Reddy and Dhananjaya Naidu also took part.