In a step to enhance the education system, Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Vinai Kumar Saxena launched a pilot project of “smart model schools” run by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD). In order to upgrade teaching, technological and physical infrastructure in MCD schools, 25 schools have been identified as a pilot project, authorities said.
The project started with repair and painting works being done at MCPS School in C block, Pitampura. Under the project, 25 MCD schools will be given physical and technological infrastructure uplift by August 15.
The L-G added that 400 additional schools would be entirely renovated and outfitted with cutting-edge technology by Republic Day, next year. On the occasion, the L-G instructed the officials to start construction and repair work in the school in CP Block, Pitampura. He directed them to install smart furniture, technology-enabled blackboards, interactive panels, and other teaching aids in the school by July 25.
Saxena visited Nagar Nigam Pratibha Vidyalaya in H-Block, Ashok Vihar, along with officials of the MCD, the Raj Niwas said in a statement. The visit was to carry forward his “agenda of taking the MCD and the institutions under it to newer heights,” it said. Addressing the teachers and staff present, the L-G promised to take MCD-run schools to the highest standards by providing the best teaching, technological and physical infrastructure to them.
Upon the LG’s direction, MCD schools have been allocated Rs 14.85 crores for minor repair, painting, and white-wash, and Rs 4.41 crores have been allocated to the Engineering Department to repair 29 worst affected buildings. The schools being overhauled and developed will also include efforts to involve NGOs and Corporate Houses under their CSR funds in a participatory manner.
Along with this, these schools will have uniform colors, and design patterns and inculcate smart teaching methodologies and pedagogy to make learning more interesting for students. On June 18, Saxena visited an MCD school in H-Block, Ashok Vihar, and announced that 25 MCD schools would be identified at the earliest for re-hauling on a pilot basis.
The LG assured teachers that he will do everything possible to provide them an enabling work atmosphere and exhorted them to put in their best by remaining consistently updated and proactive, so that their students are shaped mentally as well as academically at par with the best among their peers.
Saxena, who also took a round of the school premises, while appreciating the general upkeep and maintenance, instructed that cleanliness be ensured on a daily basis, broken class-room furniture be replaced and the library be updated with the latest relevant resources.