For students studying in various schools run by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), seeking training in the fine arts will no longer be a dream. The civic agency has set aside Rs 60 lakh, to be utilised for all its 1,729 schools, to train students in music, dance and drawing and lay out an all-round training base.
"These are very poor children. So we have set aside the planned budgetary allocation and are waiting for the standing committee to clear it," said Mahender Nagpal, chairman, MCD's education committee.
The civic agency has decided to employ 577 teachers each for music, dance and drawing. The entire onus of furthering the extra curricular activities of the students is being shouldered by the MCD. Students will not be charged anything for this.
"We provide a lot of facilities to students free of charge. Also, it is not enough to just train the students. We also need to invest in the relevant equipment. We need to buy musical instruments which will also be used along with vocal music lessons for the children," added Nagpal.