Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday launched a programme named ‘Mission Suvidya’ to ensure infrastructure development and quality education in schools run by the ST and SC Development Department.
“Odisha is a leading State in the country in implementing residential school system under which the State Government is providing all types of facilities to over 5 lakh students belonging to ST and SC communities in more than 6,500 residential schools at its own expenses,” said Patnaik.
The Government signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Quality Council of India (QCI) to strengthen the new initiative for residential schools.
Under the Mission Suvidya, basic facilities such as improved toilets, safe drinking water supply system and kitchens will be developed at ST/SC schools. The standard of basic facilities would be such that the programme would be able to get International Standard Organisation (ISO) certification. In the first phase of the Mission Suvidya, 180 residential schools have been covered.
Moreover, the Government signed an agreement with the Akshara Foundation to improve quality education for the students from Class I to Class V at schools. Under the scheme, there will be library, and digital learning medium would be best used for the students enrolled at more than 1,500 schools for easy understanding of the subjects like English and Mathematics.
Besides, an MoU was inked between Tribal Development Cooperative Corporation Limited (TDCCOL) and the Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited (TRIFED) for utilisation of minor forest produces and market linkages. As per the MoU, the products manufactured by tribals would be displayed and sold at various TRIFED showrooms located across the country.