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Delhi govt all set to KISS a scam in the name of educating the poor

Delhi govt all set to KISS a scam in the name of educating the poor
When a state government decides to spend at par with private schools for students belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, OBCs and minorities, it’s good news. However, when we learn that the money would be pocketed by a private institution, it becomes a matter of concern. The funds are as high as Rs 30 crore.

Delhi government is planning to establish a residential school for children of under-privileged categories at Ishapur village in partnership with Kalinga Institute for Social Sciences (KISS), a private institute which reportedly runs a residential school for 10,000 tribal children in Bhubneshwar and provides them vocational training.

According to senior officials of the Department for the Welfare for SC/ST/OBC and Minorities in the Delhi government, KISS has demanded Rs 5,000 per student per month as consultancy to run the school. The necessary infrastructure, faculty and operational cost will be borne by the Delhi government. Besides infrastructure and other facilities, Delhi government would give Rs 30 crore to KISS as consultancy fee for management of the institute in the next five years.

Surprisingly, the monthly fees for students from class I to X of reputed schools in Delhi like Delhi Public School (DPS), Amity International School and Ryan International School is between Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000 per month. But these schools have their own infrastructure and bear the entire operational cost including human resource requirement.

‘We have almost finalised the draft of the agreement and it is likely to be approved by the cabinet in this month (January) only,’ said a senior official. ‘The school would be managed by KISS and all infrastructure, faculty and operational cost will be provided by the department for five years,’ he added. According to officers of the department, the amount would be paid to KISS for their expertise to run the institute on the pattern of KISS, Bhubneshwar. Public Works Department (PWD) is renovating a government school at Ishapur village near Najafgarh as per the guidelines of KISS to provide all facilities on the cost of government.

‘We will not be able to provide any vocational training to students in the first academic year of 2013-14 as we need some more time for infrastructure,’ said Tirlochan Singh, a senior officer with KISS, told Millennium Post from Bhubneshwar. ‘We will increase the strength gradually as per the requirement,’ added Singh.
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