The success of street plays and music shows by the undergraduate students of Delhi University have prompted the South Delhi Municipal Corporation to ask for their aid in teaching students of its schools.
The civic body has decided to ask student groups to teach music, theatre and dance to students in exchange of pocket money of about Rs. 5,000 per month.
“Students of Delhi University spend a lot of time in extra-curricular activities. We are approaching them to spend a few hours in our schools to teach students. We will give them stipends that will be sufficient to fulfil their pocket money requirements,” said Satish Upadhyay, chairman of the SDMC's education committee.
According to officials, getting students to work part-time is easier than recruiting teachers, usually a long-drawn process. Teachers also need to be paid more.
In the next academic session, the SDMC will give away readymade dresses to students instead of giving the grant money for uniforms in cash.
Currently, the civic bodies give a grant of Rs. 500 to each student to buy school uniform every year.
Officials said the move would ensure that the money meant for buying new uniforms was used for the purpose only.
"We noticed a problem with the practice of distributing the grant money. Most students in municipal schools come from families that belong to the lower-income group. There have been complaints that the money is used by the parents for other purposes," said Upadhyay.
The committee has proposed a total expenditure outlay of around Rs.20 crore for new schemes.
These initiatives will increase the budgetary allocation to the education sector in the next financial year, 2013-14, to Rs. 638.31 crore.
Commissioner Manish Gupta in his budget proposals had allocated Rs. 617.53 crore. The officials said the outlay on education sector is around 25% of the total expenditure outlay of the civic unit.