Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, Tata Sons chairman Ratan Tata, JSW Steel chairman and Managing Director Sajjan Jindal and Bharti Enterprises vice-chairman and Managing Director Rakesh Bharti Mittal among many other reputed businessmen have shown interest in partnering with the government to set up schools across the country.
The keenness of the corporate firms augurs well for the future and sustainability of the PPP project, which was initially dogged by fears of whether credible private entities would show interest in the project.The positive buzz around this initiative was generated only after the HRD minister personally reached out to the country’s biggest businessmen last month.
According to sources, Sibal wrote to top 100 industry leaders on September 21 with the intention of informing them about the Centre’s PPP plan. The missive, a copy of which is with Mail Today, provides details of the scheme and is a personal invitation to the businessmen to “join in the task of nation building”. “The scheme aims to combine the strength of the public and the private sectors to deliver quality education to the children of India,” the letter states.