The under-privileged children of the Capital can now look forward to a formal education up to senior secondary level in a residential school. Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit gave in-principle approval to a project to set up a residential school with the help of an Orissa-based non-government organisation, Kalinga Institute of Social Science (KISS), which runs a similar school for tribals in Orissa.
Officials said the chief minister also directed finance and education departments to work out other modalities before the project is brought to the cabinet for final approval. According to officials, the residential school would provide free education to more than 1,000 orphans and street-children. The school would initially be funded by the Delhi government and run with the help of KISS for five years.
The Delhi government will pay R 4,200 per student per month to the NGO. “The NGO will completely take over the project from the government after five years. It will run the school from funds arranged through national and international donations and contributions for next 25 years,” a senior government official said, requesting of anonymity.
The Delhi government will have its nominees in the school management. The school board would decide the criterion for selecting students to 12-year residential programme.
Though, Delhi has more than one lakh street-children, officials said the school being set up in outer Delhi will be a pilot project and more such facilities can later be provided for Delhi’s under-privileged kids.