On Palur Hill in Rangeilunda block of Ganjam district, a residential school named Biju Patnaik Adarsh Vidyalaya is being set up for the development of Scheduled Tribe students of the region. This will be a first of its kind residential school and was recently laid foundation for by the Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik. The school will be managed by the SC&ST Development Department in the state.
The residential schools will provide quality education to over 3000 students from Class VI to XII and is likely to begin its operations within the next two years of completion of construction of the academic block, hostel buildings and other infrastructure facilities in the area. The information to the press was provided by the Director of SC&ST Development Department, R C Sia. The school will be affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and have the teaching medium as English. It will be responsible for providing quality holistic education to the ST community in the region.
In order to construct the administrative block, hostel buildings, staff quarters, playgrounds and boundary walls, the government has provided over Rs. 45 crore to the department. The district administration has provided the necessary 20 acre land for construction of the school. The higher education minister Pradeep Panigrahi has noted that this initiative would stop the trafficking of tribal students in the name of better education in the other states.
Previously, the government has established 100 model schools with affiliation from CBSE in 100 blocks of the state and they have started functioning from the month of April, this academic year, under the school and mass education department.