It is unanimously accepted by many that schooling has innumerable benefits for the child. But the irony of the fact is that even after 62 years of its independence, a vast majority of Indian children, especially girls are deprived of these benefits. As the statistic shows that 60% of all children from rural areas in the age group 6-14 years do not enroll themselves in schools, and dropout rate at the elementary level is found as high as 60% (Sixth All India Education Survey). As with other educational indicators, regional and gender disparities are conspicuous in regard to enrolment and retention. Undoubtedly, due to special measures adopted by several state governments in the past decade, the rate of growth of enrolment of girls at the national level have been higher than that of boys, but disparities still persist in regards to retention aspect of schooling. The dropout rate of girls of the primary and upper primary stage is higher than that of boys.