Fourth time lucky? Smart school launch moved to April

After postponing it thrice,the UT education department has now scheduled the inauguration of the government ‘smart’ school - reportedly the first such school in the region - for the new academic session in April.

Written by Ritika Jha | Chandigarh | Published:January 4, 2012 1:21 am

After postponing it thrice,the UT education department has now scheduled the inauguration of the government ‘smart’ school – reportedly the first such school in the region – for the new academic session in April.

The education initiative has been beset with problems. Had it been inaugurated on January 13,as scheduled earlier,it would have only been a building without any ‘smart’ equipment. Further,as indicated initially,students from neighbouring schools (which have high pupil-teacher ratio) were to be relocated to the new institution.

Expecting criticism if it shifted students a few weeks before the next academic session,the department finally decided to put off the inauguration till April. UT Education Secretary VK Singh said: “We had earlier planned to inaugurate the school on January 13 as the engineering department has completed its work by setting up the school building. On second thoughts,however,we realised that relocating students at this time will not be possible and even the technical set-up will take time”.

According to the UT education department,the smart school campus will be Wi-Fi enabled,while teachers will be aided by e-content (e-lessons) on projector screens in all the classrooms.

The school was first scheduled for inauguration on November 14,last year. It was postponed,however,to December last week owing to the model code of conduct imposed in the city in view of the MC elections on December 17.

In December,the inauguration was again postponed with officials citing the need for ensuring security arrangements in the school building before the installation of equipment. Students from Government Model High School,Sector 41,Badheri,Kajheri will be shifted to the new institution.

As per the officials,the expense involved in setting up the school building amounts to about Rs 3 crore while the technical set-up will cost about Rs 60 lakh.

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