To ensure quality education for students from low-income groups, HRD minister Prakash Javadekar has urged MPs to recommend ten children from families with income below Rs 5 lakh for admission to Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) across the country.
KVs are centrally funded schools that provide quality education at affordable rates in the country.
In a letter requesting all Members of Parliament (MP) to send in their recommendations, Javadekar said, “You are requested to recommend ten children for Kendriya Vidyalayas as per the prescribed provision. Only children whose parents have an annual income below Rs 5 lakh must be recommended because we must address the needs of low-income groups.”
The KV quota for MPs was increased from six to ten in the last academic year.
The human resource development (HRD) minister also asked parliamentarians to recommend the children to different KVs instead of cramming them in one such institution. This is to ensure that class strength is maintained wherever possible.
Javadekar also asked the MPs to use money from their local area development funds to improve the quality of KVs. The manner in which they avail their student quota has also been streamlined.
Under the special dispensation quota for parliamentarians in KVs, each member can refer 10 cases for admission — over and above the class strength — in an academic year. To ensure there is no delay in admissions, MPs have been asked to send their recommendations by the first week of April. Though the last date for submitting the names is June 30, the government has insisted that the recommendations be made at the start of the academic year.
Over 1.2 million students study in 1,142 KVs across the country. “As KVs have fared better than private schools in the Class 12 examinations over the years, many people who can afford swanky educational institutions have shown an inclination towards sending their wards here. Because of this, poor children are left out,” an official said, adding that the HRD ministry intends to resolve this discrepancy through the MP quota.