The Maharashtra government has announced a new scheme on September 19 that will allow private entities with a SEBI registered CSR certificate to adopt government schools in the state. The scheme, called Adopt a School, aims to improve the quality of education and infrastructure in these schools, irrespective of their medium of instruction.
The scheme will be implemented in phases across the state and the period of adoption will be either five or ten years. The private entities can also choose to add their name to the existing name of the school for the duration of the adoption.
The government has fixed the adoption fee at Rs 2 crore for five years and Rs 3 crore for ten years for schools located in A and B category municipal corporations, such as Mumbai and Pune. The fee will be used for enhancing the facilities, curriculum, teaching methods, and learning outcomes of the students. The private entities will also have to provide regular feedback and reports to the government on the progress of the schools.
The scheme is part of the government’s efforts to achieve the goals set by the National Education Policy 2020, which envisages a holistic and multidisciplinary education system in India. The scheme will also create a platform for collaboration and innovation between the public and private sectors in the field of education.