Kozhikode

City’s PRISM sets a model for State

GROUND FOR DEVELOPMENT:PRISM (Promoting Regional Schools to International Standards through Multiple Intervention) has been implemented in GGVHSS, Nadakkavu.– Photo: K. Ragesh  

The latest State Budget allocation of Rs.250 crore to develop at least one government school in each Assembly constituency to global standards has brought cheers to the city for the lead role it played to come out with a good working model christened PRISM (Promoting Regional Schools to International Standards through Multiple Intervention) for the State.

The successful implementation of PRISM at Government Girls’ Vocational Higher Secondary School, Nadakkavu, had rewritten the fate of the school that would have otherwise fallen into a crisis with stiff competition from private and unaided schools in the region.

It was A. Pradeepkumar, MLA, who conceived PRISM and mobilised support of potential players to meet the technical and financial needs of the project at the school.

According to official sources, the PRISM model, which was implemented at the Nadakkavu school with assistance from voluntary contributors, government agencies, and research organisations, is likely to be considered as such by the government for the development of select government schools across the State. Details of the project implementation and the way it was presented before the public to attract sponsors had been forwarded to the government.

Sponsors

It was in 2010 that the project was formally launched by the then Education Minister M.A. Baby at the Nadakkavu school. The UAE-based Faizal and Shabana Foundation, which was the main sponsor of the project, invested Rs.15 crore. Prestigious institutions like the Indian Space Research Organisation, Indian Institute of Management-Kozhikode, and the National Institute of Technology-Calicut had directly involved in the implementation of the project at various levels.

The school that had nothing to boast of before the launch of PRISM was converted into a model school in the city within five years with the introduction of world-class amenities such as well-equipped science labs, high-tech classrooms, computer labs, IT room, spacious dining room with a capacity to accommodate around 2,500 persons, staff rooms, gymnasium, an indoor stadium with separate basketball, volleyball and badminton courts, astro turf hockey and football grounds.

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