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Fast-track projects in aspirational dists: MHRD

Spl. Correspondent NEW DELHI, JUL 16 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/17/2018 12:17:00 AM IST
Union HRD minister, Prakash Javadekar on Monday urged all the states to fast track implementation of various special and specific schemes under RUSA and Samagra Shiksha for boosting quality of education and educational infrastructure in 117 ‘aspirational districts’ in line with the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to achieve the aims of equity, access and excellence.
Addressing State Education ministers and secretaries through video-conferencing from Delhi, Javadekar stressed on the crucial role the states have to play in fast-tracking the operationalisation of the special schemes in these aspirational districts.
Listing out various projects and project-specific funding available under RUSA for expansion and setting up of higher education institutions in aspirational districts, Javadekar said “A lot will depend on the State Government for the speedy implementation of the projects.”
He pointed out that over Rs 1700 crore have been allocated for ‘asipirational districts’ so far for setting up of 70 New Model Colleges; upgradation of existing degree colleges to Model Degree Colleges; strengthening infrastructural facilities through new construction, upgradation/renovation and purchase of equipments;  and construction/upgradation of hostels, laboratories, libraries, etc. The assistance also includes upgradation of 29 Colleges to Model Degree Colleges, 7 New Professional Colleges (viz. Engineering & Management), infrastructure grants to 188 Colleges and 9 Universities.
He also informed that under the equity initiatives, an amount of Rs 5 crore is being allocated for the purposes of improving the standard of higher education  with a focus on females, SC/ST and educationally backward communities.
Javadekar also said that substantial allocation has been made for building and maintenance of separate toilets for girl students; provision of drinking water; and cleanliness in schools.  “Central Government has already allocated funds and authorised Panchayati Raj institutions to work for the upkeep of toilets and provision of clean drinking water in government schools,” he said. He also urged the state governments to ensure availability of electricity in all the government schools.  
Javadekar also asked the state governments to ensure proper deployment of teachers in schools and recruit wherever it is necessary.

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