Wednesday, August 22, 2007

New KVs to come up in KBK+ region soon

The Pioneer, Aug 22, 2007

Pioneer News Service | Bhubaneswar
Since the Orissa-cadre IAS officer Rangalal Jamuda joined the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) as its Commissioner, the State has been fortunate to get the elite Central Schools one after another. The latest one is KV Bhadrak.

Since its inception in 1965, the KVS had opened 29 KVs in Orissa till 2006 in 41 years. After Jamuda took over as the chief executive officer of the KVS, the State has received sanctions of eight new KVs in one year only.

To set up a KV, the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) spends Rs 2.70 crore for its infrastructure and provides an annual recurring grant of Rs 70 lakh. So, in one year time, HRD Ministry has provided at least Rs 27.20 crore to the State to raise the primary and secondary education level, which is, otherwise, in a shambles.

During this period, the KBK region has benefited the most. The tribal districts like Malkangiri, Rayagada, Nabarangpur, Gajapati and Boudh got their KVs. With the new sanction, 23 districts will be covered by the KVS. The remaining seven districts of Nuapada, Kandhamal, Subarnapur, Deogarh, Nayagarh, Kendrapara and Jajpur are yet to be covered.

Sources say that by the end of 2008 all the districts of the State will be covered by KVS. "It is certainly a great achievement," said former Additional Chief Secretary Prasanna Kumar Patnaik.

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