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Ashram shalas under scanner

Ashram shalas under scanner

Ramu Bhagwat, TNN Aug 10, 2012, 02.59AM IST

NAGPUR: Over a thousand ashram shalas (boarding schools for tribals) in the state will be put under scanner with top officials of the government carrying out a special inspection between August 15 and 30, state tribal development minister Babanrao Pachpute said here on Thursday. He said his ministry's focus on improving quality of education and amenities at the tribal schools had already yielded results and the number of students had shot up from 8.5 lakh to 18 lakh.
A couple of years ago, the then tribal development secretary Uttam Khobragade had in a major embarrassment to the government said most of ashram schools in the state were in abysmal conditions and not fit for humans. Half of these schools are run by the government and the rest on grants basis by organizations. While those run by the government lacked basic amenities, the private ones inflated figures and defrauded the government by huge amounts, he had alleged.

However, Pachpute has now claimed that things were in control as the government had set the target of improving the quality of education for tribals to improve their lot. Since most of these schools are located in inaccessible forest and villages where teachers are reluctant to go, the ministry had introduced biometric system of attendance for students as well as teachers from August 15. "We have already taken action against 59 schools and once report of the special inspection teams is available next month we will not spare any erring school," Pachpute warned.
"Looking at the problems of Naxal-hit areas in Vidarbha, we are considering setting up model education hubs for tribal students where at one education complex a student can be taught from KG to PG (kindergarten to post-graduation). Such centres are being planned at Gadchiroli, Deori (for Bhandara-Gondia) and Nagpur. This is a ten-year plan and may require Rs100 crore but most of it can come from the Union government. A team from state will visit Odisha where such a centre for tribals has been set up," said Pachpute. "If NIT gives us 60-70 acres of land, we will develop the Nagpur centre as a model on fast track," said the minister. He said a special commissionerate for tribal education was also on cards in the state.

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