Special Correspondent

JAIPUR: The business house ITC Limited on Monday joined the Bodh Shiksha Samiti as a partner in the "Janbodh Karyakram" to ensure equitable education to the underprivileged children in the slums of the State Capital. The ITC will be assisting the project being taken up in 10 schools.

Janbodh Karyakram forms part of the MoU signed between Rajasthan Council of Primary Education and Bodh Shiksha Samiti on October 21, 2005 under the Rajasthan Education Initiative. Janbodh Karyakram targets at underprivileged children residing in 324 slum settlements in the City. The programme is designed to reach out to the children of the most neglected and under privileged sections.

Speaking at the launch of the programme in Shanti Colony Basti near Transport Nagar, Bodh Shiksha Samiti secretary Yogendra said Janbodh was a collective endeavour of the community, government and private participants. The launch programme was attended by Satpal Chaudhary, chairman, CII, Rajasthan, Rajendra Bhanawat, Commissioner, Jaipur division, Arshad Siddiqui, ITC Limited Jaipur and Siddarth Mande, ITC, Delhi.

Mr.Yogendra said universalization of education was not the lone responsibility of the Government as it posed a challenge to all of us. The first phase of the programme, initiated in July focused on cent percent enrolment of children at school and creation of basic facilities and infrastructure in school premises and in providing academic support to Government teachers, he said.

Mr.Chaudhary said CII, in association with the State Government, had been working towards providing better facilities in schools. Individual schools could approach CII for support to create basic facilities, he informed.

Mr.Bhanawat said Rajasthan had a large number of schools but what was missing was quality education.