Four Education Districts to come up in Coimbatore
Coimbatore district in Tamil Nadu, which already has two education districts (sub divisions), each led by a District Education Officer will have four education districts with as many officers, according to The Hindu report. Citing the source in the School Education Department, the report said that consequent upon a directive from the Department officials in Chennai to change the administrative set up in the districts, the office of the Chief Education Officer has mooted the formation of four districts within the Coimbatore district. Currently, the city has two education districts, namely, Coimbatore and Pollachi. What is more, the new set up will have four education districts headquarted in Coimbatore, Pollachi, Ondipudur and Kuniamuthur. As per the report, the Pollachi DEO would take care of the schools – elementary, middle, high and higher secondary schools including private nursery and primary and matriculation schools – in Pollachi North, South, Anamalai and Valparai blocks.
Stating that the Kuniamuthur headquartered office will have administrative control over schools in Kinathukadavu, Madukkarai, Perur and Thondamuthur, the report went on to add that the Ondipudur-headquartered office will administer schools in Annur, S.S. Kulam, Sultanpet and Sulur blocks and the Coimbatore DEO office will cover the city, Periyanaickenpalayam and Karamadai blocks.
Quoting sources, the report further added that the proposal has divided 15 blocks among four DEOs based on the number of schools in region, with the average being 450 to 500 schools a DEO. The proposal also says that the district elementary education officer will administer the schools from Kuniamuthur Government Higher Secondary School and the Inspector of Matriculation School will function out of the Ondipudur Government Higher Secondary School. Once the Tamil Nadu Government gives approval to the proposal, the changes will come into effect, added the report.
Meanwhile, the District Administration recently called for schools and higher education institutions to enrol themselves under the National Scholarship Scheme to ensure that students from minority religious communities could get scholarships, according to a TOI report.
In a communication, the district collector said institutions of higher education, which offer vocational, polytechnic, UG and PG courses in technical and medicine courses, also M.Phil and research courses should register in the website of the All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) – www.aishe.nic.in – under the ministry of human resources development and generate a user ID. The scholarship is given to students belonging to minority communities such as Christians, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains and Parsis, based on their school education and financial status, noted the report.
An official from the district administration was quoted as saying by the report that they had asked more than 120 governments, government-aided and private higher education institutions in the district to enrol themselves in the AISHE portal. “While some institutions have been facilitating minority students to avail the scholarship, others are not even aware of the scholarship. We are trying to create awareness about it,” the official told the daily.