Even before launch of scheme, Rs 12 lakh collected for CM Vidyadaan Kosh
The scheme — Chief Minister Vidyadaan Kosh — will be launched by Vasundhara Raje on August 5.Updated: Jul 31, 2017 20:59 IST
Philanthropists, officials and employees in Ajmer have donated Rs 12.48 lakh for an education department’s scheme aimed at raising funds for development work in schools.
The scheme — Chief Minister Vidyadaan Kosh — will be launched by Vasundhara Raje on August 5.
“The move is planned to ensure effective social contribution. Even our culture supports the thought that the education system should not be government-oriented only, and should ensure involvement of society,” said state education minister Vasudev Devnani.
“Even to meet small necessities of schools, society should be involved. For this, we have launched Akshay Petika (box for donations), which will be placed outside rooms of school principals; here anyone can contribute.”
School development and management committees will collect the donated amount that will be used for development.
Under Chief Minister Vidyadaan Kosh, anyone can contribute for school development through district collectors or Gyan Kosh portal, to be launched soon.
“Even NRIs can contribute under foreign regulation act; we have given them options -- they can propose their own projects, get work done through an agency or can deposit in Kosh,” Devnani said.
In Ajmer, Rs 12.48 lakh was collected in three days; the amount included Rs 33,000 contributed by the minister and Rs 11,000 by collector Gaurav Goyal.
A donation box put up at a government school in Dholpur received Rs 41,000 this month.
A official said, “The idea of setting up such boxes came from government schools in Dholpur. The first such box was installed in May this year with the aim to crowd-source funds for development of government schools.”
Funds will be collected for Vidyadaan Kosh in other districts. Industrialists and philanthropists can also adopt schools, officials said.
The department has started working on giving income tax relaxation for the money donated for schools.
First Published: Jul 31, 2017 20:59 IST