• The Integrated Child Development Services Scheme was started in Karnataka on 2nd October 1975 with a pilot project at T.Narasipura in Mysore District with just 100 Anganwadi Centres.

  • Since then, the programme has expanded to all the revenue taluks in the state. The welfare of pregnant women, nursing mothers, adolescent girls and children below 6 years has acquired a prime place in the programme.


  •  To improve the nutritional & health status of children  (0-6 years)
  •  To lay the foundation for proper physical,  psychological  and emotional development of the child
  • To reduce incidence of mortality, morbidity, malnutrition and school drop-out
  •  To achieve effective coordination of policy and implementation among various departments to promote child development
  • To enhance the capability of the mother to look after the normal health and nutritional needs of the child, through proper health and nutrition education

 ICDS Services 

Services Target Group


Supplementary Nutrition Children below 6 years; pregnant and lactating mothers, Adolescent  girls
Immunization Children below 6 years; pregnant women
Health Check-up Children below 6 years; pregnant and lactating mothers
Referral Children below 6 years; pregnant and lactating mothers, adolescent girls
Pre-School Education Children 3-6 years
Nutrition & Health Education Women (15-45 yrs), adolescent girls


  • At present 61187 AWCs and 3331 mini anganwadi centers are functioning in 204 ICDS projects  in the State, covering all  the 175   taluks (181 rural projects & 12 tribal  & 11 urban   projects).
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