Bhubaneswar: To provide education to the backward areas of the state, the state government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Tata Steel on Monday for developing 30 more model schools during the next academic year.
With the approval of 162 model schools in the backward blocks of the state, government has already set up 100 such model schools, with another 62 under construction. As per the MoU, Tata Steel has decided to construct 30 more such model schools in 30 blocks covering seven districts of the state including Jajpur (9), Keonjhar(3), Ganjam(5), one each at Dhenkanal and Nayagarh.
School and Mass Education Minister Debi Prasad Mishra said that the government will provide 5 acres of suitable and encumbrance free land in the respective blocks and hand over the same to Tata Steel for construction of the schools. Construction work of the school buildings will be as per the drawings provided by the Odisha and would provide necessary furniture and accompanying infrastructure for the schools. After completion of the construction work, the state government would take charge for the operations and maintenance of the schools including the infrastructure.
Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) has also planned to construct 25 such model schools in educationally backward districts. The state government has allocated a budget of Rs 2981 crore for model schools in a period of five years.