Udaipur-based Hindustan Zinc has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Rajasthan Government for adopting 92 Government schools in phases in Chittorgarh and Bhilwara districts. The group will improve facilities in these schools under the public-private partnership model.

Hindustan Zinc plans to spend about Rs.3.35 crore on the project. While 72 Government schools will be adopted in Bhilwara for five years, 20 will be adopted in Chittorgarh for three years.

According to a Hindustan Zinc release here on Tuesday, the project will provide basic infrastructure facilities such as construction of class-rooms, boundary walls of schools, installation of hand pumps, ceiling fans and coolers, construction of toilets and playgrounds and supply of furniture for students.

The project will also provide scholarships to meritorious students and the Vedanta group company plans to encourage a plantation drive to develop green belt in schools. A committee comprising five members has been appointed for each school to monitor the progress of the project.

The release said two members of the committee would be nominated by Hindustan Zinc, two would be from the school concerned and one would be appointed by the Collector. Based on the needs of the school authority and the assigned budget, the project will be executed by the group while ensuring optimum utilisation of funds.

Hindustan Zinc had earlier provided 1,000 computers to 200 Government schools in the rural areas and e-subject software support to about 500 schools in the State. The company is also providing mid-day meals everyday to over 1.80 lakh students in 2,000 Government schools to ensure nutrition support to them.

The release cited a UNICEF report which has stated that school attendance is very low among girls in Rajasthan. Female literacy is as low as 40 per cent in the State and the sharp drop in secondary school attendance poses a big challenge and requires immediate intervention. Lack of drinking water facility, absence of separate toilets for girls and lack of infrastructure are stated to be some of the contributory factors.