Free Press Journal

Central school norms relaxed


New Delhi : The Government has relaxed norms to allow establishment of the central schools (kendriya vidyalaya) on the smaller plots of land – 2.5 acres instead of 4 acres in the metropolis and 5 acres instead of 10 acres in other cities and towns.

The only rider is that an open space of 10 acres should be available in the vicinity for the sports facilities for the students as also for future expansion. Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) additional commissioner G K Srivastava said the relaxation made through a notification on January 20 was warranted since bigger plots of vacant land were difficult to find in the cities in view of construction everywhere. The Sangathan runs 850 central schools in India as also in Moscow and Kathmandu. The non-availability of land was forcing it to run these schools in the rented premises. There are at least one dozen such schools in Bihar alone.

In yet another decision, the Sangathan has decided to encourage donors to donate land for the schools. The donor will have to donate land to the state government or the district administration which in turn will transfer the land to the KVS on permanent grant basis. A plaque shall be fixed inside the school campus engraving the name of the donor as a mark of memory.

The notification also stipulates such schools to run from the temporary accommodation. For the purpose, the sponsoring authority has to provide rent free accommodation of 15 rooms of roughly 7metres x 7metres each to accommodate at least 40 students per section.

Such an accommodation is necessary to initially open the new Kendriya Vidyalaya and start class I to V with single section each and also for the purpose of the principal’s room, staff room, library, vidyalaya office and accommodation for other miscellaneous activities and for consequential growth for the next three, four years.

The sponsoring authority is to repair and maintain the temporary building at its own cost till the Kendriya Vidyalaya is shifted to a permanent school building constructed by the KVS.