Bhubaneswar: With an aim to improve standard of residential schools managed by ST & SC Development Department, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today launched Mission Suvidya for infrastructure development in those educational institutions.
Speaking at the occasion at Lok Seva Bhawan, Patnaik said, “Odisha is only leading state in the country in implementing residential school system under which the state government is providing all types of facilities to over 5 lakh students belonging to ST and SC communities in more than 6,500 residential schools at its own expenses.”
In this regard, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed with Quality Council of India (QCI) to strengthen the new initiative for residential schools.
Under Mission Suvidya, the infrastructures to ensure basic facilities including improved toilet, safe drinking water and kitchens will be developed at ST/SC schools across the state.
With implementation of the mission, initiative will be taken for the residential schools to get International Standard Organisation (ISO) certificate.
In the first phase, 180 residential schools have been covered under Mission Suvidya.
Moreover, the government signed an agreement with Akshara Foundation to improve quality education for the students from Class I to Class V at schools. Under the scheme, there will be library and digital learning medium will be best used for the students enrolled at more than 1500 schools for easy understanding of the subjects like English and Mathematics.
Besides, an MoU was inked between Tribal Development Cooperative Corporation Limited (TDCCOL) and Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited (TRIFED) for utilisation of minor forest produces and market linkages. As per the pact, the products manufactured by tribal producers will be sold at various TRIFED showrooms located across the country. Also, the TRIFED will assist for display of their products at exhibitions.