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MHRD augments annual grants for govt schools in JK

MHRD augments annual grants for govt schools in JK
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Move set to improve academic output in the state

Srinagar: In a significant development, the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has enhanced annual grants for government schools in J&K state for the annual year 2018-19 under Samagra Shiksha scheme. The move is likely to improve academic outcome in the schools subsequently taking J&K state step ahead in national level performance.
An official in education department said the grants will be now allotted on the basis of enrollment in the government schools.
“For current year project directorate of Samagra Shiksha has released an amount of Rs 58.627crore for government-run schools of the state,” an official said, adding that Rs 47.64125 core composite grants have been released to elementary level government-run schools, while as Rs 10.98 crore have been released for secondary and higher secondary schools.
“These specific grants are given to improve the academic performance in J&K where learning outcomes of students have remained dismal during the recent years,” the official added.
Notably, these funds are supposed to be used for academic purposes by the teachers in the elementary schools besides it will also help them to provide more academic assistance to the students in terms of Teaching Learning Material (TLM).
The funds were released to all the districts by Samagra Directorate for improving academic standards and available infrastructural facilities in the educational institutions.
“The schools having enrollment of 15 students will be given a grant of Rs 12500 per annum while the schools having 50 students on rolls will get Rs 25000. Educational institutions with enrollment of 100 students will be given Rs 50000,” the official said. Also, the schools with enrollment up to 150 students are entitled for Rs 75000 and the institutions with enrollment up to 200 students or above will be given Rs one lakh composite school grants.
Meanwhile, the official figures reveal that the Kupwara district has been allotted Rs 4.84 core, the highest among all districts for the current year while as Leh has been allotted an amount of Rs 55 lakhs.
State project director Arun Kumar Manhas said the funds have been enhanced to improve the academic standards in government schools.
“MHRD wants to improve the academic standards in government schools for which it has given a hike to the annual share released for schools,” he said.

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