A new national program of Rashtriya Madhyamic Shiksha Abiyan (RMSA) for universalisation of Secondary level Education during 11th and 12th Plan with 90:10 Central-State sharing pattern is implemented in Nagaland, having approval of Rs 85 crores in the 2nd project approval board meeting held on January 7 and 9.
State Mission Director, Nagaland Education Mission Society informed that the project is said to be unprecedented experience for the School Education Department of Nagaland to have a very comprehensive and innovative Perspective Plan upto 2011-12 amounting to Rs 577.4 crores and also about Rs 40 crores from Model Schools, Mahila Samakhya and Girls Hostels.
State government had recently made decision to streamline the planning and implementation of various CSS Programmes under MHRD (Education) and formed Nagaland Education Mission Society headed by Chief Minister as President and both the Minister of Education and Chief Secretary as Vice Presidents as per RMSA Framework. Lalthara, Chief Secretary informed the PAB meeting that in spite of Nagaland being one of the late starters, the government would take all possible steps to successfully implement RMSA, Model School Scheme, Girls Hostel Scheme and even Mahila Samakhya Schemes, for which DPRs are being submitted in the initiative of Education Minister N.Konyak.
With these schemes, it is expected to make education of good quality available, accessible and affordable for all the young children of Nagaland, as a very comprehensive and holistic Perspective Plans for RMSA, Model Schools, Girls Hostels and Mahila Samakhya are accepted in principle by the MHRD.
The new approval includes establishment and construction of 70 new H/S @ Rs 65 lakhs each amounting to Rs 4550 lakhs with 9 teachers posts each for giving access to un-served and under served areas, 100 new class rooms for existing H/S, 100 integrated science Lab., 101 Libraries for existing schools, major repair for 100 class rooms, minor repairs of 126 Govt. H/S. It is calculated that the amount approved for 2009-10 for remaining 3 months comes to around Rs 85 crores excluding recurring costs for salaries which will be released from 2010-11 onwards.
Referring to the Perspective Plan of RMSA, Nagaland, Angau I Thou, Addl. Secretary and State Mission Director, expressed satisfaction and pride as it could be an effective Road Map towards Universal Secondary Education for Nagaland. Till now 7 states including Mizoram, have got sanction under RMSA while Nagaland comes to 8th state. It is beyond the expectation of the department officers that Nagaland could get Pre-Project and regular project fund within barely 30 days after the task for planning was entrusted to Robert Royte and his team. N. Konyak who had pioneered the initiative and even went to Mizoram to take stock of RMSA position in October 2009 while Nagaland did not start even Pre-Project Activities.Preparation of DPR for Pre-Project activities and the Perspective Plan started in the middle of December, official submission was done to MHRD during the last part of December 2009 and Nagaland got approval in the first week of January 2010, informed State Mission Director, Nagaland Education Mission Society.