PRISM project for upgrade of schools

Infrastructure improvement among objectives

The Promoting Regional Schools to International Standards through Multiple Intervention (PRISM) project, an initiative to improve the infrastructure and overall environment of government schools, is expected to change the face of public schools in the city over the next few years.

The latest initiative under the project was launched at Government Vocational Higher Secondary School for Girls (GVHSS), Nadakkavu, where the stone was laid for a new complex consisting of classrooms, dining hall, and a multipurpose hall. A UAE-based company had provided Rs.7 crore for the project, A. Pradeep Kumar, MLA, said.

During the stone-laying ceremony, IIM-K Director Debashis Chatterjee said IIM-K would adopt the school next year. “We will provide cutting edge training to 50 teachers of the school. Our students will monitor the progress of various programmes there,” Prof. Chatterjee said.

“The PRISM is the only project of its kind in the State. We are aiming at not just infrastructure development, but also at raising the academic level of these institutions. This will be executed by involving private stakeholders without any selfish interests. There is a general impression in our country that public institutions perform badly. The best institutions for higher education are all run by the government. We need to show that it is possible to replicate this at the grassroots level too,” Mr. Pradeep Kumar said.

Another project on the anvil was the development of four science laboratories with the help of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The work on the labs was expected to start next month.

As of now, the project was being implemented at Government Higher Secondary School, Karaparamba also. The Left Democratic Front (LDF) government had granted Rs.5.28 crore for the project. More schools would be brought under PRISM in future, Mr. Pradeep Kumar said.

The PRISM project, launched four years ago, got funds from multiple private parties. It was developed with the help of the Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode (IIM-K).

IIM-K to adopt GVHSS, Nadakkavu, next year

Funds provided by multiple private parties

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