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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Right to Education Act and Indore

Indore has curious distinction of being a semi developed city in largely undeveloped MP.
How can we make DAVV like DU or Indore schools both government private comparable to their counterparts in other part of India..
Here are my twon cents after having spent years in some of the best educational institutes of nation

1. Schools which are started in central areas of city ( define by land guideline) should be exempted from 1-2 acre land requirement or sports ground or independent building thing. Because of this all new schools have to go to outside city with large commuting time for children.
There are very fine govt and few private schools (like Marwadi girls) which are operating inside city without much sports space successfully. All such schools can make use of nearby public parks or government school grounds for sports In turn such schools may be asked to take 50% kids from their neighborhood (3 km radius) only.
This will promote neighborhood school concept Today all new schools belong to land sharks or industry groups, a retired teacher or young IT professional who wants to start a school can't do so due to huge capital requirement in land and building. This kind of initiative will let schools function from rented floors in high rise commercial apartments thus

1. improving utilization of space in heart of city
2. driving down fees charged by private schools
3. giving option of putting their kids in neighborhood schools to lot of working parents

2. Since most of government schools in city are now under IMC, they should focus on improving their quality by resource generation. Schools like on MG road ( in front of Shrikrishna), Bal Vinay Mandir ( in front of GSITS ) and Vivekanda school on Palasia should be developed on PPP model. Keeping the school ground intact , build multi story commercial apartment whose upper floors will be for school and lower can be rented. Just like toll road private developer who foots the cost shares revenue with school for 10 or 20 years, after which school management committee gets full control.
School management committee to consist of local Councillor, and all retired principals of govt school and colleges living in the same ward to which school belongs. Aim to develop at least one school in each ward on this line

3. Allow evening colleges and courses by DAVV which can be run in schools whose premises lie idle in evening

4. Just like Indo German tool room, identify foreign nations with expertise in textile , leather, gems and jewellery and other such locally relevant industries and encourage them to open industrial training centers

5. Encourage companies in Pithappur to run an internship scheme where they take students after their class 10 for 3 year volitional training with stipend . Ask board of secondary education to recongnise such programmes

6. Encourage NGOS and industry bodies to take full benefit of national skill development mission and conduct as many training courses ( with emphasis on certifications) for tribal youth from colleges in cities and town surrounding Indore

7. Encourage private company employees and college youth to contribute some hours teaching in slums and government schools to improve quality there. For traffic violations - institute system of community service - where offender (if he or she is a student ) has to go and help teachers and staff in govt schools

8. Ask students in GSITS to make and maintain a portal where teachers of govt schools can post their requirements in terms of educational aids ( books, reference material, lab equipments, sports and music goods ) and people can look at them and donate online

9. Open hostels for tribal girls at least one each in each corner of city for them to avail benefit of school and college education in Indore city and ask philanthropic organizations to sponsor them

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