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Centre 'okays' Rs 700 crore for Mizoram school reforms

Posted on Dec 06, 09:05PM | UNI

The Lal Thanhawla government's education reforms mission has received a green signal with the Planning Commission approving Rs 700 crore for the project.

The Chief Minister of Mizoram, while addressing golden jubilee celebration of Serchhip High School at Serchhip today, boasted that Mizoram was the second state to set up education reforms commission.

"The Mizoram education reforms commission's reports have impressed the Planning Commission and the ministry of human resources development. As a result, the Planning Commission has approved Rs 700 crores, to implement the commission's recommendations in phase manner," he said.

Set up in May 2009, the reforms commission chaired by former director of NCERT Prof A K Sharma, submitted its report to the state government in July 2010.

A wide spectrum of issues such as quality of education in relation to academic achievement of students and performance level of schools, drastic reduction of school dropout, development of skills for wage and self-employment through vocationalisation of education, rejuvenating curriculum reform process, language development, education in universal human values, overhauling the system of governance have been reflected in the reports of the commission.

The Chief Minister said that the reports of the commission, if properly administered and strictly followed, can transform the educational scenario of Mizoram.

Committed to bring about world-class education in the state, the Congress government has helped establish NIT and IIMC campuses in Mizoram, Lal Thanhawla said. "An institute of hotel management is being set up at Bung Bangla, on the eastern outskirts of Aizawl. Besides these, medical college and management institute will come up later," he said.

"The state government has helped more than 2500 Mizoram youths to enter Indian Army. To produce more and more Army officers, a Sainik school is being set up at Chhingchhip," he pointed out.