The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has launched a scholarship scheme to reward Class V toppers from its schools. 272 underprivileged children will benefit from the new scheme under which Rs5,000 will be awarded to class 5 toppers of all MCD wards for three years.
The MCD runs 1,639 primary schools with 10 lakh students. The 272 ‘bright’ students will keep receiving the scholarship for an additional two years to help their studies when they shift to another school.
Chairman of the Education Committee Mahendra Nagpal said while MCD schools are doing better in studies, such initiatives would go a long way in ensuring better results.
“For students and parents belonging to economically backward families, the amount will help students in their education,” said Nagpal. The MCD will create a new budget head for the proposal as no such scheme exists at present.
Meanwhile, the MCD has begun a training programme for headmasters and teachers of MCD schools as part of the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan. “Five and 10-day training has been arranged for headmasters and teachers, respectively, by the State Council Educational Research and Training (SCERT) through nine District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs) centres,” said Nagpal.
Nagpal said headmasters and teachers would be trained about new initiatives taken in the field of education, Right to Education, Child Rights, etc.