Govt schools run by Pvt to reserve 25 lac seats for poor

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In order to develop and enhance a more inclusive educational society in India, the government has opted to permit corporates, non-profit companies and societies to establish 2,500 schools all over the country. The Public Private Partnership (PPP) model that would allow the government to fill up 1,000 seats from the existing 2,500 seats in each school having children from disadvantaged sections, has been finalised by the Planning Commission in consultation with the private sector.

Around 25 lac students are to receive benefits from the schools that are to be set up and run by a private management, but are still to remain as government schools. Out of the 1000 available seats at the PPP schools, half of these would be reserved for students from the scheduled castes (SC), scheduled tribes (ST) and other backward classes (OBC). These students would only have to pay a tuition fee of INR 25 per month. The panel has decided that the rest of the seats would be allotted to children of non-income tax paying parents, who would have to pay a monthly tuition fee of INR 50. The students would be provided free textbooks and two uniform sets in a year.

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