Mumbai: Students of BMC schools have been benefitted as a budget of Rs 2,733 crore has been proposed for the fiscal 2019-20. New proposals like starting Tinker Labs, international schools, counselling for students and creative activities during vacations have been initiated.
Tinker Labs help create a three dimensional model of any object or image as it initiates 3D designing, printing, robotics and programming. The civic administration plans to use Rs 1.42 crore for establishing the Tinker Labs through existing computer labs in BMC schools. Mahesh Palkar, the BMC education officer, said, “The labs will help the students in technical and creative development. We will use existing 208 computer labs of our schools to create the Tinker Labs.”
As many as 26 BMC schools have been proposed to be part of the international schools due to start by the state as part of the Maharashtra International Educational Board (MIEB). A L Jarhad, the assistant municipal commissioner (AMC), said, “Furniture, e-library, gym, virtual digitalised classrooms and uniform dress code facilities will be started at the international schools to be started as per the directions of the state government.”
The counsellors will be appointed to help BMC school students cope with stress, depression, academic tension and personal problems. Sainath Durge, a member of the BMC education committee, said, “Counsellors are need of the hour, as students are going through a lot of stress. BMC schools do not have professional counsellors or any kind of help in time of adversities.” The counsellors will be hired in public-private partnership (PPP) models.
To keep students busy during summer and winter vacations, creative activities like calligraphy, sports, carpentry, tailoring, plumbing, sculpture, charcoal sketching, glass painting and sports. Prakash Charate, the deputy education officer, said, “Instead of wasting time on WhatsApp or social media, the students can learn new things and enhance skills through creative activities. The students can enrol themselves for free and use their vacation to explore new avenues.”
Last year, a budget of Rs 2,569.35 crore was proposed. This year, there has been an increase. Also, the BMC has focused on security measures by planning to install 6,666 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras for which a budget of Rs 24.30 crore has been sanctioned.