Six new Central Schools and a modern library to come up in Himachal Pradesh

In an apparent attempt to boost the Himachal Pradesh Government’s efforts to enhance the standards of education, the Union Government has allowed six new central schools and a modern library as well, according to the Indian Express report. Currently, the State has 25 central schools and the Union HRD Ministry has allowed to add six more schools in the state, but the location of these schools are yet to be firmed up, noted the report.

Arun Sharma, Secretary (Education) told the daily that he had discussion with the Secretary HRD (School Education), R Subrahmanyam, who had informed him that the permission has been granted for opening six more new central schools. Furthermore, what comes as real gain to HP is the approval of State Government proposal to establish a model library in Bilaspur. According to Sharma, initially, the proposal was only of Rs.2 crore, but now ‘we will be adding to it.’ He further added that the project might as well be nearly Rs.8 crore and first of its kind in Himachal Pradesh.

Unrecognized Schools

Meanwhile, the State Government is going heavy on the unrecognized schools as there are reportedly many schools operating without getting recognition from the Education Department. As per India.com report, the names of at least three private schools have come up, which have been running for a long time without any recognition in Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra. One of the three schools, a private school in Noorpur, has been unrecognized for the past ten years, noted the report.

After 2008, the said school did not get recognised by any Board. Apart from this, two other schools, reportedly in the Kangra region has also been unrecognized for the last three to five years. The director of education will write a letter to the Education Department for canceling and financing the above mentioned schools. This is revealed in the applications received by the Education Department for renewal of recognition, said the report.

Citing sources, the report further said that the private schools in Kangra have been asked to apply for renewal of recognition, due to which Kangra’s private schools are applying for renewal. Private schools can now apply for renewal of recognition till June 22. Earlier the date decided was June 18 but now it has increased till June 22. Deputy Director of Kangra Primary Education Department Deepak Kenayat said that unrecognized schools are being checked and hence they need to get recognized.

Private Schools have to obtain due recognition or affiliation from CBSE, HP Board or ICSE. He said that the private schools who do not apply for renewal of recognition, license and financing for those schools would remain cancelled. All private secondary / higher / senior secondary schools having first class eighth grade will have to submit their applications in the office of Deputy Director Primary Education Dharamsala with complete documents, added the report.

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