Sarva Shikkha Abhiyan (SSA) has been attempting the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects for universalization of elementary education and its qualitative improvement for quite some time now. Many corporate sector enterprises, NGOs and governmental departments have been running some projects under PPP mode with some success.
Recently, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has initiated a process of setting up 2,500 model schools under PPP mode has been initiated by selection of entities. According to the MHRD release, 3203 blocks which are not educationally backward have been identified for this purpose to begin with. It has been decided to set up, in all, 6,000 model schools at the rate of one school per block as benchmark of excellence.
It has been envisaged that the private entities will acquire land and then develop, design, build, finance, provide infrastructure, operate, maintain, manage and own these schools.
The inputs of the government will be as follows as per the release.
-Recurring cost on a per capita basis for the 980 select students of a maximum student strength of 2,500 per school permitted under the scheme.
-Providing a sum equal to 25% of such support for each sponsored student, not exceeding an amount equal to 10% of the capital investment in the school shall also be provided as infrastructure grant.
-The initial agreement for such provision of quality education would be for 10 years for each school, which is extendable by mutual consent.
Replying to a question in Rajaya Sabha a few days ago, Minister of State MHRD, Shashi Tharoor stated that the proposed model schools would be set up based on the Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV) template with infrastructure and faculty as per norms of the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan.