BISHNUPUR, March 1: The Kasturba Gandhi Bal Vidyalaya was inaugurated today under the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan at Thamnapokpi Sabal.
The inaugural function was attended by state Education minister M Okendro as chief guest, with minister of Commerce and Industries/ Veterinary and Animal Husbandry/ Sericulture as president and PHE minister I Hemochandra; parliamentary secretary Prithiviraj; Thanga MLA T Mangibabu; Oinam MLA Dr I Ibohalbi; Kumbi MLA S Bira and DC Bishnupur Jason A Shimray as guests of honour.
In his key-note address, Jason A Shimray said that the KGBV is launched under the SSA and will provide free and compulsory education to girls belonging to ST/SC, OBC, minorities and BPL.
Addressing the gathering, he said no one is interested in being a teacher anymore, he observed; no one is today proud of being a teacher, rather they consider it as a part time profession.
People are proud of being an IAS officer but not of being a teacher, he expressed.
“In Singapore, primary teachers are very much honoured and proud,” the IAS officer said. Because, education is the key factor for any social transformation, he elaborated.
If someone wants to build a good building, he must first make the pillars strong, likewise, for a good society, we need good students, he said.
MLA T Mangibabu said the location of the school is prime and far from drug addicts.
However, it may attract negative attention and needs a police outpost nearby, he observed before appealing to the concerned authorities to look into the issue.
Parliamentary secretary Prithiviraj said the centre is the first of its kind in the state.It had completed its first year at Moirang Phiwangbam Leikai and recently shifted to present location, he said.
He continued that the construction of the warden’s hostel and fencing are yet to be completed and further urged the concerned minister for supply of water to the centre and other things.
Meanwhile PHE minister I Hemochandra assured that he will arrange for the water supply.
Education minister Okendro expressed on the need to open such KGBV centres in all districts. The provision of scholarship to the students will be increased from Rs 900 per month to Rs 1500 per month, the minister assured.
There has been several proposals to set up the centre in the interior parts of the state and as such the centre could be opened at three four places in a district, the minister further continued.
He continued that steps will also be taken to review the visibility of recruiting the teachers who are at present voluntary in nature.
Other main highlights of the day include felicitating the students who had participated in national competitions.
The function was also attended by officials of the education department, DLOs locals and parents and guardians of the students.
The centre constructed at a total budget of Rs 1.20 crore has three classrooms, four toilets, a 100 capacity hostel with seven toilets, a separate kitchen and dining hall.
There are at present 12 staff including both teaching and non-teaching at the centre constructed under the Ministry of Human Resource Development.