The Coimbatore Corporation will embark upon a Rs. 6 crore scheme to open libraries, science and computer laboratories, dining halls, auditoria, sufficient number of toilets and to provide sports facilities in its school in order to go in for ISO certification for these institutions.

Out of the 85 Corporation schools in the city, eight higher secondary schools would be taken up this financial year for the ISO certification process. This was announced in the Corporation budget for the 2010-2011 financial year presented in the Council on Monday.

The Corporation has already begun the process of obtaining the certification for some of its maternity centres. Another proposal said Rs.50 lakh would be spent this financial year on providing science and computer laboratories in 18 other higher secondary schools.

As part of its social responsibility, the Corporation would provide breakfast to needy students in its schools.

A proposal for this in the budget said that most of the students were from economically backward families.

With their parents setting out early for work as daily wage earners, the students came to school mostly without having breakfast.

A survey done by Avinashilingam University found that this problem led to poor health in the students and inability to concentrate on studies.

A sum of Rs.25 lakh would be spent on improving the facilities in the hostel of the Corporation High School for the Deaf and Dumb students. Two-tier beds, utensils, uniforms, group hearing aid and play materials would be provided.

The Corporation would spend Rs.10 lakh on providing skills training to students of classes VIII to Plus-Two.

It would also spend Rs.8 lakh on buying English dailies, science and general knowledge books to inculcate reading habit and develop general knowledge in the students. A sum of Rs.30 lakh would be spent on yoga training for teachers and students.

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