Saturday, March 30, 2013

2,500 model schools to be set up under PPP mode

These will be set up in blocks that are not educationally backward, and the implementation of this component has been initiated from FY 2012-13

The Government of India has approved setting up of 2,500 model schools under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode, in blocks that are not educationally backward. The implementation of this component has been initiated from 2012-13. The selected private entities will develop, design, build and operate these schools for which the Government will contribute to recurring cost on per capita basis for the students sponsored. Maximum 10 percent of the capital investment in the school shall be provided as infrastructure grant. The initial agreement for such provision of quality education would be for ten years for each school, which is extendable by mutual consent. The scheme provides for reservation to SCs, STs and OBCs as per the state norms. 
 
A scheme with Central-State funding for setting up one Model Degree College in each of the 374 identified educationally backward districts having Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) lower than the national GER is being implemented since 2010. Out of the 374 educationally backward districts, 62 minority concentration districts have been identified. Under this scheme, the State Government may, if they so choose, identify private not-for-profit participants (in PPP model), while ensuring that such involvement of the private sector does not adversely affect the access to education of disadvantaged sections.

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