Sanjeev Kumar Pradhan

Bhubaneswar: The Union government has approved an additional 92 Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS) to be set up in Odisha on the lines of Kendriya Vidyalaya in view of providing quality education to tribal students, Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram informed on Tuesday.

Informing about the development at a presser in a circuit house in Sundergarh, Oram said that a total of 462 schools in the country will be established under the project out of which 92 schools will come up in Odisha.

Oram further informed that out of total of 119 such schools in Odisha, 19 institutes are already functional, 8 are under construction and the rest new schools will be constructed in the state.

“A society will be set up all over the country like the Nabodaya Vidyalayas and will constitute from class 6 to class 12 under the CBSE pattern. Hostel facilities for both boys and girls will be provided separately,” the minister said.

The ministry has also directed to set up a Commissionerate on the lines of Navodaya schools for the management of the schools.

It is to be noted the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its in-principle approval for setting up of EMRSs in every block of the country with more than 50% ST population and at least 20,000 tribal persons.

The Union Cabinet has approved a financial cost of Rs 2242.03 crore during 2018-19 and 2019-20 for rolling out the revamped scheme.