Hyderabad, June 13: The Telangana state government on Monday indicated a new era of quality education for neglected sections of society in Telangana, opened 169 residential schools in a single day for students for students belonging to SC, ST, BC and minority categories.
A total of 169 residential schools were opened throughout the state from which 119 residential schools for Backward Classes and 50 residential schools for Muslim minorities. Taking the number of schools opened within a week to 240, another 71 Muslim minorities residential schools would start functioning by June 19.
This initiative taken by Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government is a fulfillment of its election promise of providing KG to PG education for all in general and Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao‘s dream of knowledge empowerment of the weaker sections of society in particular.
CM K. Chandrasekhar Rao said with an aim at teaching free quality education on an equality with corporate schools for SC/ST/BC and minority students, 169 schools were opened out of the planned 255 schools across the state. Concerning about the official's efforts towards the launching of the project, CM congratulated them for launching the new schools on the very first day of the new academic year on Monday.
According to K. Chandrasekhar Rao, before a formation of the state, there were only 259 residential schools for SC/ST/BC and minorities. Now within the three years, the Telangana government has increased the number to 527 and adding the information said the government will soon increase these schools to 786.
With an aim to encourage girls for education, half of the residential schools are exclusively meant for girls with providing facilities and protection.
The government will be spending Rs 1.25 lakh per year on each student on an average while the government residential schools students will be provided with free education, meals, and boarding.
CM stressed out that his main aim to enable the poor student to get a quality education like normal students and attain higher positions in society. “The government has started residential schools in a big way with English as the medium of instruction so that students who passed out of these institutions could compete with others in the country”, he added.
The CM also noted that students passing out from the social welfare residential schools are getting good ranks in the entrance tests like the Eamcet, IIT and getting into prestigious institutions in the country.