Monday, May 9, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Now, SC, ST students can join prestigious public schools

Other States - Orissa

Now, SC, ST students can join prestigious public schools

Staff Reporter

Move to facilitate entry of dalit, tribal students on campuses

BHUBANESWAR: Students from poor dalit and tribal families are all set
to get chance to study in prestigiouspublic schools in the cities.

The State government has made move to facilitate entry of students
belonging to scheduled tribe and scheduled caste on campuses they have
never dreamt of studying there.

At a high-level meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary
Bijay Patnaik here on Friday, it has been decided to build hostels at
three urban centres such as Bhubaneswar, Rourkela and Berhampur.

"In the first phase, 1,600 students will be accommodated in these
hostels; 300 each in Berhampur and Rourkela and 200 each in five
hostels at Bhubaneswar. The place for these hostels in Bhubaneswar has
been identified at Ghatikia, Niladrivihar and Pokhariput," Chief
Secretary's office sources said.

The buildings would come up adjacent to the public schools.

The identified institutions where ST&SC students would get chance to
pursue their studies include KIIT International School, DAV Public
School, Unit VIII and SAI International School in Bhubaneswar, Delhi
Public Schools in Angul and Damanjodi and Central and Navodaya schools
located in various places.

Tuition fee

"The students will be provided tuition fee of the educational
institutions where they will be enrolled, monthly stipends, uniforms,
bus charges of students for to and fro from home and medical
facilities," Chief Secretary's office said.

It further informed that the average cost towards all these were
calculated at Rs.28,000 per month.

Roads and Buildings department instructed to complete the construction
of hostel buildings before the coming education sessions so that the
students can be accommodated there safely.

Minimum amenities like running water, electricity, sufficient number
of toilets, and mosquito nets for children would be made available in
those hostels.

The suggestions for sending ST&SC students into top schools came from
SC&ST Department.

Senior officials like SC&ST Development Secretary Santosh Sarangi and
Development Commissioner R. N. Senapati took part in the meeting.


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