In a bid to improve the education infrastructure in Rajasthan the state government has come out with a unique school adoption scheme that is also finding favour with the private sector.
"The "adopt a school" programme was devised in the second quarter of 2006 for creating an environment for effective learning for children. Many private sector entities have also shown interest in the scheme," Minister of State for Education Vasudev Devnani told IANS.
He said that the programme, which is based on a public-private partnership, has been devised under three models - construction, management and memorandum of understanding (MoU). Under the construction model, a one-time construction expenditure in a specific area of infrastructure development is recommended, he added.
"This model of adoption is advisable for senior schools apart from elementary level where construction funds are available. Under this model, the school building, where construction is taken up, can be named after the donor," Devnani said.
In the management model, both recurring and non-recurring expenditures can be incurred for welfare and management, repairs and maintenance of the selected schools. "This model is applicable for supporting primary, upper primary, secondary and senior secondary schools," he added.
A sustainable plan of action can be devised for supporting day-to-day functioning or improvement in the quality of education through the local school committee chaired by the donor.
Under the MoU model, the custom-based memorandum can be drafted as per the requirement of the adopter and of the selected school.
Various proposals pertaining to specific needs can be taken up, such as improvement of instructional quality, installation and maintenance of computer lab, facilities of drinking water and sanitation, library or play elements and a rainwater harvesting system.
Devnani said that R.K. Poddar's Charitable Trust has already adopted three schools in Jaipur district through the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) while the Paras Kuhad Trust has also adopted some schools in the state's Jalore district.