Smriti Backs Review of PPP in Model Schools; 614 Proposals Received

The Union HRD Ministry has sought to undertake a review of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) component of the Model School Scheme.

Published: 12th July 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th July 2014 08:29 AM   |  A+A-

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NEW DELHI: The Union HRD Ministry has sought to undertake a review of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) component of the Model School Scheme.

Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani had informed the Lok Sabha that a total of 614 proposals were received by the government from private entities under the PPP component of Model School Scheme for setting up  schools in  the 3,203 non-educationally backward blocks spread across the country.

Of the 614 proposals, 192 private entities were shortlisted based on the shortlisting criteria specified in Clause 2.2.2 of the Request for Qualification (RFQ) document. The reasons for not shortlisting the remaining 422 proposals were conveyed individually.

The HRD Minister said that there were plans to  start 222 polytechnics under the scheme “Sub-Mission on Polytechnics” over the nextthree years, which would result in additional enrolment of 1,19,880 students in the country’s polytechnic system, which will be opened in states like Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, UP and Nagaland.

 Irani also told the House that there was a fall in the drop out rates among the girl students. As per the District Information System for Education, the average annual drop out rate among girl students at the upper primary level has come down to 4.01 per cent in 2013-14 from 6.08 per cent in 2011-12.

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