The 462 new Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRSs) for tribal students, proposed to be constructed by 2022, will be on par with Navodya Vidyalayas and have special facilities for preserving local art and culture, Union minister Jual Oram said Wednesday.
The government will set up an autonomous society, on the lines of the Navodaya Vidayalaya Samiti, to run the ERMSs, the tribal affairs minister said.
Oram made the announcement two days after the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved setting up of 462 new EMRSs by 2022 in every district or block with more than 50 per cent Scheduled Tribes (ST) population and at least 20,000 tribal persons.
The EMRSs will be on par with Navodya Vidyalayas and will have special facilities for preserving local art and culture, besides providing training in sports and skill development, he said.
Fifty EMRSs are proposed to be constructed in 2018-19 fiscal. Hundred such schools will be established in the next financial year, 150 in 2020-21 and 162 in 2021-22, Oram said.
He said tribal students, across the country, are qualifying in competitive exams under the general category.
"The students of Eklavaya Model Residential Schools are doing great. The schools have a pass percentage of 99. Seventy-five per cent of their students have secured more than 60 per cent marks," Oram said.
According to Census 2011, there are 564 sub-districts having 50 per cent or more ST population and 20,000 or more tribal people. Currently, there are 284 EMRSs in 102 sub-districts.
The government has also enhanced the recurring cost per EMRS student annually from the existing Rs 61,500 to Rs 1,09,000 from 2019-20. Ten per cent seats in such schools will be allotted to non-ST students.
Priority will be given to children of EMRS staff, those have lost their parents to Left Wing Extremism and insurgencies and children of widows, the minister said.
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