Kohima, February 01 (NEx): Union Finance Minister Smt Nirmala Sitharaman as part of Budget, 2021-22 today announced big infra push aimed at education of tribal youth by enhancing the outlay for construction of Eklavya Model Residential Schools across the Nation. Nagaland will have 17 new Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS) as per the CCEA approval.
By 2022, Nagaland will have a total of 22 EMRS including the 5 old schools. All over India, in addition to the existing 288 schools, 452 new schools would be established in blocks with more than 50% Scheduled Tribe (ST) population and atleast 20,000 tribal persons by the year 2022, taking the total number to around 740 schools in 28 states/UTs.
Eklavya Model Residential Schools was introduced in the year 1997-98 to provide quality upper primary, secondary & senior secondary level education to Scheduled Tribe (ST) students from classes 6th to 12th, in remote areas to enable them to access the best opportunities in education and to bring them at par with the general population.
Till date, 588 EMRS have been sanctioned in the country out of which 285 schools are functional with around 73,391 students enrolled in the schools.
After due deliberations and a revised cost committee recommendations, the finance minister in the union budget 2020-21, proposed that the unit cost of each school in plain areas should be increased from Rs 20 crores to Rs. 38 crores, and for hilly and difficult areas, the unit cost to be increased from Rs. 24 crores to Rs. 48 crores. This will help in creating robust infrastructure Facilities for our tribal students, she added.