It's a step towards providing quality education to Scheduled Tribe children
Union Labour and Employment Minister M. Mallikarjun Kharge has said that establishment of the Ekalavya Model Residential School for members of the Scheduled Tribes was a step towards providing quality education free to the most neglected section of society.
Laying the foundation stone for the Rs. 12-crore project on the 15-acre plot set aside for the Ekalavya Model Residential School at Konchur in Chitapur taluk in Gulbarga district on Sunday, Mr. Kharge said the school would provide quality education in English medium to 350 students.
Mr. Kharge said that, on an average, the Union Government would spend Rs. 40,000 on each student, taking care of all their needs throughout their stay in the school till they completed SSLC. The Union Government provided complete funding for running the schools. The State Government provided the land for the project.
Already four Ekalvya Schools have been operating in Karnataka at Deodurg in Raichur district; Gokak in Belgaum district, Mudigere in Chikmagalur district and Virajpet in Kodagu district.
Mr. Kharge said, during the current year, the Government has sanctioned another six Ekalavya Schools, which would come up at Kollegal in Chamarajanagar district; Kolagallu in Bellary district; Konchur in Chitapur taluk in Gulbarga district; Solapur in H.D. Kote taluk in Mysore district; Bachchana Halli in Koratagere taluk in Tumkur district and Devarakote in Hiriyur taluk in Chitraduraga district at a cost of Rs. 80 crore. Mr. Kharge said in the selection of students to be admitted in the Ekalavya Schools, which was done at State-level, preference should be given to students from the backward districts of Hyderabad Karnataka region, taking into consideration the literacy level, high dropout rate among the Scheduled Tribes and lack of good schools.
Minister for Social Welfare A. Narayanaswamy praised Mr. Kharge for his efforts in bringing more Central funds for different projects in the Labour and Employment departments. He thanked him particularly for taking the initiative in sanctioning six Ekalavya schools for Karnataka this year.
“The Union Ministers from the State should emulate Mr. Kharge, and strive to get more investment and grants from the Union Government to Karnataka for its overall development,” he said.
The project is being taken up at a cost of Rs. 12 crore The Centre will completely fund the running of the Ekalavya schools
The project is being taken up at a cost
of Rs. 12 crore
The Centre will completely fund the running
of the Ekalavya schools