THE Maharashtra government has thrown open a unique competition for schools — they will get a chance to compete for a spot among the 100 schools that will be ‘elevated to world-class standards’. On the lines of the Human Resource Development Ministry’s initiative — to elevate 20 universities to world-class status — the Maharashtra government has announced that it will elevate 100 schools to world-class standards through a special capacity-building programme that it will implement. The Vidya Pradhikaran — formerly the Maharashtra State Council of Education, Research and Training — has invited applications from schools by October 25, and asked them to send ‘concept notes’ on why their schools have the potential to be part of the project.
The competition is open to schools run by the school education department, those under the tribal and social welfare departments, as well as schools run by local self-government bodies. According to an official notification issued by Maharashtra Education Commissioner Vipin Sharma, the schools selected for the programme will be divided into two groups — Ojas and Tejas. As the first step , 10 schools will be selected from across the state for the Ojas group, and the education department will work with these schools to elevate them to ‘world-class’ status and develop them as a model for other schools.
In the second stage, these 10 schools will take on nine selected schools each from the Tejas group, and develop them into ‘world-class’ standard institutions. The 10 schools in the Ojas group will initially include one school each from Konkan and Pune division (except Mumbai and Pune city), and two schools each from Aurangabad, Nashik, Amravati and Nagpur division. After that, nine schools each from Konkan and Pune division and 18 schools from the other divisions would be selected to form the Tejas group, making it a total of 90 schools.
To form the Tejas group, at least one school from local municipal corporation limits and two schools from the rural part of the district will be selected, besides two schools each from among those run by the tribal and social welfare departments. To participate in the programme, managements of local self-government schools can access an online link from October 12 onwards to send their applications through the website, http://www.maa.ac.in. Schools will have to prepare a concept note, as well as meet other criteria including number of students, basic facilities and others. The schools will be selected by an expert committee.