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Union Minister Arjun Munda to lay foundation stone of new Eklavya schools in Jharkhand

Jamshedpur: Giving a much needed fillip to tribal education in the State, Union Minister for Tribal Affairs Arjun Munda will lay the foundation stone of Eklavya Model Residential Schools. The schools will come up in West Singhbhum and East Singhbhum districts. Munda on July 3 will lay foundation at Khairbani in Rajnagar block of Seraikela Kharsawan. He will lay the foundation stone at 11 am. He will lay the foundation stone of Eklavya Vidyalaya at 3 pm on the same day in Sialjodi village of Haat Gamharia block and at Haldia in Majhgaon block at 4 pm.

On July 4, he will lay the foundation stone of Eklavya Vidyalaya at Hatiapata village of Gudabandha block of East Singhbhum at 12.30 pm and at Ghordhuan in Dhalbhumgarh at 3.30 pm.

It may be noted that Eklavya Schools were started in 1997-98 to provide education from primary to 12th level for Scheduled Tribe students (Class 6th to 12th). The objective behind this was to enable them to reach the best.

The Union Budget for 2018-19 announced that every block with more than 50% ST population and at least 20,000 tribal persons will have Eklavya Model Residential Schools. The government has decided to set up 452 new schools across the country.

Eklavya Schools will be developed as a Center of Excellence on the lines of Navodaya Vidyalaya. Under this the state will have the state-of-the-art facilities for an identified individual sport and a group sport. For sports, these centres will have the state-of-the-art facilities including art training, specialized training, boarding and lodging facilities, sports kits, sports equipment, competition performance, insurance, medical expenses etc. as per Sports Authority of India norms.

Eklavya Model Residential School (EMRS) is a Government of India scheme for model residential schools for Indian tribals (ST, Scheduled Tribes) across India. It is one of the flagship interventions of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India and was introduced in the year 1997-98 to ensure tribal students get access to quality education in the remote tribal areas.

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