The new Rural Education Development Council is now set to start work on a new strategy to develop rural communities in India, with the aim of promoting the education of rural children through rural-based schools, a key component of the country’s ambitious National Rural Education Mission.
The council, which is tasked with setting up a new set of rural-focused schools for the next five years, is expected to make a report by March next year.
The new plan, dubbed the Rural Education Fund, will also focus on the needs of rural youth, with an emphasis on strengthening the rural education system and providing a platform for local communities to grow their own agriculture and livestock.
“There are a number of reasons why we are looking to the next phase of rural education.
For one, there are a lot of challenges and we are still trying to get there,” said a spokesperson for the Rural Development Commissionerate (RDC), Rupesh Kumar.
“Secondly, we want to provide an avenue for local people to engage in the process of establishing and strengthening their own communities, as well as to provide some support to the rural community in terms of setting up local schools.”
According to the RDC, there is currently no national rural education programme, although the government has allocated about Rs 1,000 crore for the purpose.
“We want to make sure that our government and government departments are well-informed and we want them to understand the needs and opportunities in rural India,” Kumar said.
“It is our mission to provide the most comprehensive and relevant education programme for the rural people, in which we aim to empower and empower them.”
A large part of the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund, which will be allocated to the Rural School Development Corporation (RSDC), will be earmarked for schools in rural areas.
“We have been very clear in our objective that we are trying to establish a comprehensive education programme to ensure that every child in the country is well-educated,” Kumar added.RDC is one of the largest and most ambitious rural education agencies in the world.
In 2016, the organisation raised Rs 1.12 lakh from investors including Tata Group, the world’s largest private equity fund.
According to Kumar, it is also aiming to increase the number of schools across the country.
“The plan is very ambitious, we have put in a lot, which we have set aside, but we also have some extra funding to spend in the next 5 years.
We have already done this with the RSDC,” Kumar explained.
Rural Education Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said she is hopeful that the new plan will have a positive impact on the education system in rural communities.
“What we want is to provide rural children with an education where they are connected to the outside world.
The RDC will be the main organisation responsible for setting up the new rural schools. “
I want them [the children] to have a life where they grow up to be independent and educated, and I want that to be a model for the country,” Sitharama said.
The RDC will be the main organisation responsible for setting up the new rural schools.
The RSDP, a joint venture between the ministry of rural development and the rural development body, will be responsible for overseeing the construction of the new schools.
It will have three districts under its purview: Rishikesh, Thiruvananthapuram and Gopalakrishnan.
“This is a big task and it will be challenging.
We will be working closely with the state government, which has a lot to gain from this,” Sithare said.