Unable to decide on a model for public-private partnership (PPP), the HRD Ministry has asked for feedback on PPP models from the private sector and general public.
The ministry is committed to setting up 2,500 model schools under PPP. But the proposal is stuck, as it is yet to finalise a suitable model.
Meanwhile, the ministry has uploaded various PPP models on its website, citing examples and advantages under each.
“We want to see what the private players think and which model would work best for them,” said an official on conditions of anonymity.
The ministry has cited the huge gap between requirement and availability of school infrastructure in the country as a reason for choosing to partner with private players.
The working group on secondary education has estimated a requirement of Rs 1.45 lakh crore for expansion and universalisation of secondary of education in India,” said the official. “This is a huge amount and government alone cannot cover it.”
Indian varsities abroad
The government is mulling over the idea of allowing Indian universities to set up campuses abroad. “Best departments of Indian universities may be allowed to open campuses in foreign soil,” MoS for HRD D. Purandeswari said.