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From classes under tree to computers, Ram Nath Kovind village to get ‘smart’

The four existing government primary schools and one upper primary school in Kovind’s ancestral village Paraukhan in Kanpur Dehat will have smart classes with computers ‘driven’ by solar power so that students get uninterrupted power supply.

india Updated: Jul 25, 2017 10:29 IST
Rajeev Mullick
People celebrate after Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind was announced NDA’s presidential nominee in his village Paraukhan in Kanpur Dehat, Uttar Pradesh.
People celebrate after Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind was announced NDA’s presidential nominee in his village Paraukhan in Kanpur Dehat, Uttar Pradesh. (PTI File Photo)

President-elect Ram Nath Kovind studied under a tree in a ‘school’ in an Uttar Pradesh village that has now been reduced to a cowshed.

It was another story then.

The Union ministry of human resource development (MHRD) has taken up the task to develop all the government schools in Kovind’s ancestral village Paraukhan in Kanpur Dehat.

On Monday, the eve of Kovind’s swearing in as the President, a senior MHRD official from New Delhi called Kanpur Dehat basic shiksha adhikari (BSA) Pawan Tripathi over the phone and asked him to prepare a detailed proposal so that the rejuvenation work of the government schools could start at the earliest.

“Presently, 100 students are enrolled in the government upper primary school and 225 students in the three primary schools. They are bereft of any facilities. They do not even have tables and chairs and have to sit on the floor. But all this will soon be a thing of the past. The MHRD has communicated to us that the students of the village will now enjoy better facilities,” Tripathi said.

The four existing government primary schools and one upper primary school in Paraukhan will have smart classes with computers ‘driven’ by solar power so that students get uninterrupted power supply.

The 325-odd students of these government schools, which have no facilities at all, can also hope to get projectors and pre-recorded lectures. The schools’ buildings will undergo complete renovation and students will get the best of facilities in few months’ time.

Assistant director, basic education (Kanpur region), Fateh Bahadur said, “We have received verbal communication from the MHRD. It is definitely heartening news for all students studying in those government schools. This will also help in increasing the student enrolment of not only these schools but also those in surrounding areas.”

Kovind studied in Paraukhan till Class 5 and then moved to a government school in Khanpur, nearly 8km away. He, along with his friends Vijaypal Singh and Jaswant Singh, remained there for the next three years.

“The President-elect had to face caste discrimination in his village school. His teachers made him do petty jobs — like laying mattresses before classes began and then rolling them back when the school gave over — all because he was a Dalit,” Manharan Singh Gaur, who was one class junior to Kovind in the school, said.