Kashyap recounts Dr Raman Singh Govt’s contribution in State devpt

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Dec 2017 10:29:58


Staff Reporter,


School Education Budget in State increased by 14 times in 14 years

Education City in Dantewada, counted among 100 big
institutions of the world

School Education and Tribal Development Minister Kedar Kashyap stated that Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh in the last 14 years has taken into consideration those sections of society, who were overlooked and neglected for generations.

While interacting with media today the School Education Minister gave a detail account of achievements of his departments during the last 14 years of development journey of State Government. He informed that budget of School Education Department increased by 14 times from Rs 750 crore in year 2003-04 to Rs 12,000 crore now.

He said the kind of schemes and works which have been initiated under the leadership of Dr Raman Singh in last 14 years for the progress and welfare of underprivileged communities in tribal-populated, scheduled caste populated and backward class populated areas of state, has not been even thought of earlier by anyone. Development of minority communities is also being taken into serious account.

Kashyap said in order to connect the neglected and the deprived sections of society with the mainstream, the state government has constituted Sarguja and Bastar Development Authorities. Similarly, Scheduled Caste Development Authority and Rural and Other Backward Class Development Authority were also established. Many significant initiatives like establishing medical college in Bastar and Sarguja, Sainik School in Sarguja, Education City in Dantewada, Prayaas Residential Schools under Mukhyamantri Bal Bhavishya Suraksha Yojana for talented students of Naxal-affected areas have been established.

Kashyap added that the state government has taken pledge to uplift and transform the tribal areas deprived since ages. These areas are undergoing fast socio-economic transformation. Several steps have been taken for betterment of minority communities. During last 14 years, the number of student enrollments in primary schools has increased from nearly 72% to 96.33%, and in middle schools it has increased from 66.45% to 91.4%.

During year 2003-04, there was one teacher for every 29 kids in primary school, while in year 2016-17 primary schools have one teacher for every 22 children. It is better than national average. Likewise, in year 2003-04, there was one teacher for every 48 kids in middle schools, whereas in year 2016-17 these schools have one teacher for every 22 kids. This has improved the quality of teaching work. Number of girl students in High Schools increased from 61% to 97%.

Kashyap informed that in last 14 years, 15,807 new schools of various categories have been opened. Government is making continuous efforts to provide better education facilities to children of tribal areas. Nearly 80 per cent of the children are studying in government schools, while only 20 per cent are studying in private schools. On special initiative of Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, this year 11 Navoday schools and six central schools have been started.

Education City (Atal Bihari Vajpayi Shiksha Parisar) established in Dantewada is now being counted among the top 100 institutions in the world in terms of infrastructural development. This campus accommodates buildings for primary to higher secondary and polytechnic education. It also has Saksham School for differently-abled kids. Talking about the achievements of Prayas Residential Schools started under Mukhyamantri Bal Bhavishya Suraksha Yojana for children from Naxal-affected areas, Kashyap said that the first school was started on July 26 2010 with 300 seat capacity.

At present, six Prayas residential schools are running in five divisional headquarters of state, where students are studying in 11th and 12th standard and also getting free coaching for engineering and medical entrance exams. Total 1700 students are studying in these schools.

From year 2018-19, foundation classes of 9th and 10th standards will be started in all the Prayas Residential Schools including capital city Raipur. In the current session of 2017-18, commerce coaching has been started in Raipur’s Prayas Boys’ School with 30 seats. In Prayas School of Bilaspur, CLAT coaching for girls has been started with 30 seats. He also talked about the commendable performance of students of Prayas School in various competitive exams. Till date, 23 students have got admission in IIT, 117 in NIT, 27 in medical colleges, and 528 in engineering colleges.

On the occasion, Parliamentary Secretary Ambesh Jangade, Chairman of Madarsa Board Mirza Ejaz Beg, School Education Department Secretary Vikas Sheel, Tribal Development Special Secretary Reena Kangale and other senior officials concerned were also present.