Reputed private schools can now set up their branches inside municipal school buildings, the North Corporation announced on Monday in its final House budget presentation for 2013-2014.
Leader of the House Mahender Nagpal said it will allow reputed private educational institutions to run senior secondary schools at its school premises in the afternoon/evening shift. In return, those institutions will have to reserve 25 per cent seats for students coming from corporation schools.
"The corporation has many big schools in the city that remain empty once the morning shift gets over. If private schools such as Bal Bharti want to run classes from such buildings, they can do so," said Nagpal.
While the proposal was approved in the House meeting with other budget proposals for the next fiscal, Nagpal said the final modalities of the scheme would be worked out in the coming months. "The final draft of the scheme is being worked out. If private schools want to run primary sections in the school, they can even do that. If some reputed coaching centres want to operate from the school buildings, we can consider such proposals. The final proposal will be prepared soon," he added.
The North Corporation has also decided to do away with the practice of providing medical insurance to school students through insurance companies. It said it will constitute its own insurance fund to provide health cover to students. There are around 4.5 lakh students studying in over 750 primary schools of North Corporation. The corporation official said they pay around Rs. 9 lakh as insurance premium per month to LIC.
In a budget that heavily focussed on developing schools, the corporation said that it would introduce moral lessons in schools to raise awareness on crimes against women. "We teach students to be good doctors and engineers but we do not tell them to be good human beings. We will introduce Moral Science as a subject," said Mayor Mira Aggarwal. The House also announced schemes for women's health.