‘Telicham' scheme gets brighter in Kodiyathur

Encouraged by the accolades it won in the Green Kerala Express social reality show of Doordarshan, the Kodiyathur grama panchayat is planning expansion of its ‘Telicham' education enhancement scheme in schools in its limits.

The Rs.10 lakh the panchayat got for reaching the final round of the show will be invested to give a fresh energy to the scheme under way in nine schools.

M.A. Nasar, panchayat president, said the money would be utilised mainly for setting up laboratories in the three government upper primary schools.

“Three separate labs will be set up for helping students learn mathematics, geography and science subjects,” he said.

The rest of the sum will also be spent on student-friendly schemes. “The panchayat has already taken a decision to provide purified hot and cool drinking-water supply facilities in all schools shortly,” he said.

The panchayat will submit the details of the project to the District Planning Committee next week for approval. The panchayat authorities said they would propose the setting up of a language lab to be used as a common training centre for children from all schools.

To encourage talents in instrumental music, the panchayat will open a rural arts training centre, named E. Usman Koya Memorial Gramina Kala Kendra, under the project by the end of the week. Students will be trained there free.

A committee, headed by the panchayat president, has been formed to select the trainees and coordinate the activities of the centre. The centre will encourage elders to watch the training, besides giving them a chance to learn music.

“The panchayat has already spent Rs.2.5 lakh on completing a building for the training centre,” said P.K. Faisal, project coordinator. “It has also earmarked Rs.40,000 for buying various musical instruments.”

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