In a novel initiative which is expected to boost public-private partnership model in school education, the Andhra Pradesh government has decided to name the classrooms in government schools after the NRIs who donate liberally for improving the infrastructure.
The government will try to rope in the philanthropists among the NRIs who can adopt schools of their choice and donate liberally for improvement of infrastructure, said State Human Resources Development Minister G. Srinivasa Rao.
The government is planning to set up over 5,000 digital classrooms in the government schools across the state with the help of contributions from NRIs. Under the digital classroom project, the government would bear 70 per cent of the expenditure while the NRIs would contribute the rest.
The decision came after Rao visited ten cities in the United States and interacted with the NRIs there.
A large number of NRIs rose to the occasion and came forward to extend their help to develop digital classrooms in government schools. The other schools would also be developed in a phased manner for which the government would start a new programme ‘Maa Vooru-Maa School’ (Our Village-Our School) for which an action plan is being prepared.
The state government has earmarked Rs 17,503 crores for the education sector in the 2016-17 budget. This includes Rs 1,299 crores for Sarva Shiksha Abhyan, a Central government’s initiative to universalise education.
Meanwhile, all efforts are on to excite the imagination of the non-resident Indians in the US. They are coming together to help connect with the motherland and more importantly contribute towards the development of the new capital Amaravati.
Jayaram Komati, Special Representative of Andhra Pradesh Government in North America feels that replicating Janmabhoomi in the US will enable the migrant Telugu families rise to the occasion and extend support for the developmental activities.
As per the plans, they propose to take up the project of digitisation of schools in the rural areas of the state and are in the process of developing an elaborate action plan which will soon be executed.
They will also take up activities to repair dilapidated Anganwadi buildings besides constructing smasana vatikas (graveyards)—another pressing need in villages.