Bhubaneswar: The ‘Mo School Abhiyan’ seems to have become a successful alumni contribution programme of the State Government as the project cost has touched Rs 100-crore mark by now.
Though this Government initiative, old students contribute to their alma maters and the Government provides double the amount so collected for schools’ growth.
Since the programme started in June 2018, schools have reported 1,49,536 contributors with total contribution of Rs 33,60,01,428 till August 2019.
Accordingly, the Mo School Abhiyan has sanctioned a total of 1,205 projects from 9,950 schools in 308 blocks with a matching grant of Rs 67,09,22,856.
Besides, The School and Mass Education Department has sanctioned 1,257 projects in 708 schools with a project cost of Rs 6, 45, 30, 387.
Thus, the Mo School Abhiyan project cost now touched to Rs 100,69, 24,284.
Meanwhile, the Executive Council of Mo School Abhiyan has agreed to collaborate with the Alumni groups in improving the 100-year and 50- year-old schools across the State.
A long-term plan for improving these set of schools will be undertaken in collaboration with Alumni Associations and Foundations/ CSR programmes.
State Project Director OSEPA and Mo School Abhiyan Member Secretary BS Poonia has said that the Abhiyan has planned to enhance skills of schoolchildren with alumni support. The programme would begin in 5,000 villages on a pilot basis this year, he said.