While there is still scope for a new Kendriya Vidyalaya to start functioning in the township of Golden Rock Workshop of Southern Railways from this academic year, the delay by a year in starting a Kendriya Vidyalaya in National Institute of Technology–Tiruchi (NIT-T) appears inevitable.

The Regional Office in Chennai has already completed the process of verifying the proposal of the Tiruchi Railway Division and submitted a report to the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan. The application was now in the list of “mature” proposals, N.R. Murali, Regional Commissioner, KVS, Chennai Region, said on Friday

Once the KVS receives the nod of Ministry of Human Resource Development, the school will start functioning. Even if the sanction order is received during August, the school can start functioning with temporary facilities readied by the Railways at the Golden Rock Workshop, Mr. Murali said, citing the start of a new KV during August at Neyveli last year.

The Southern Railway has provided an old school building for the temporary functioning of the proposed KV and has also earmarked 6.4 acres for the permanent campus at a short distance from the Tiruchi-Pudukottai national highway.

Though NIT-T has also provided buildings for functioning of Kendriya Vidhyalaya, it is understandably unable to finalise the proposal.

The MHRD is learnt to have advised the NIT-T to start the school in the civil mode, whereby the KVS will be required to incur the capital and recurring expenditure.

However, from the point of view of KVS, the NIT-T being an institute of higher learning, has to provide the capital and recurring expenditure by itself for the school, Mr. Murali said, referring to the instances of NITs in Silchar and Manipur starting KVs in their capacity as institutions of higher learning.

On the basis of the sanctions granted to the other NITs, the NIT-T is believed to be pursuing its case with the MHRD. However, even if it succeeds, the NIT-T can have a KV on its campus only from the next year, it is learnt.

Southern Railway has provided an old school building for the temporary functioning of the proposed KV and has also earmarked 6.4 acres for the permanent campus