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Manipur Education Dept undertakes school amalgamation exercise

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IMPHAL, Jan 5 - The Department of School Education, Manipur, has undertaken a major exercise to restructure and rationalise government schools by way of amalgamation, Education Minister Thokchom Radheshyam said.

Seeking cooperation in this regard, the minister said that amalgamation of 247 schools with nearby schools having better infrastructure, connectivity and student enrolment would be carried out for overall improvement in the school education sector before the new academic session, 2019-2020, after making it known to all the stakeholders.

Claiming that government schools are now gradually regaining the trust of people as the number of students is increasing progressively, minister Radheshyam said that a government school at Heirok has now more than 300 students, which is much higher than what it was earlier.

Speaking to media persons here a few days back, minister Radheshyam had said that the �Lairik Tamhalasi� (�No child left behind�) scheme is being launched in the State from the current academic session with the aim of making secondary and higher secondary education free in government and Government-aided schools. Under this scheme, out-of-school children in the age group of 15-18 years are identified and admitted into formal schools.

Highlighting the major steps being initiated by the Education Department, the minister said that altogether 11 Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBVs) and nine residential schools in the State having classes VI to VIII have been upgraded to high schools. These will be subsequently upgraded to higher secondary schools.

Radheshyam added that 14 colleges in the State have introduced course programmes in Food Processing, Fashion Technology, Tourism and Hospitality, Sericulture, Information and IT Service, Retail Management, IT/ITes, Beauty Therapist and Aesthetics, Graphic Design, Music Media and Entertainment, Floriculture and Landscaping, Health Care, Solar PV Installer, Physical Education and Sports Nutrition and Hospitality Management.

Informing that the Dhanamanjuri University is being established under the University Act, 2017, which came into force on April 6, 2018, the minister said that construction activities have started under RUSA funding amounting to Rs 55 crore.

Established under the RUSA with five constituent colleges � DM College of Science, DM College of Arts, DM College of Commerce, GP College and LMS Law College � the university will offer 22 postgraduate courses with an intake capacity of 1,130 students and undergraduate courses with an intake capacity of 2,950 students.

The Manipur International University Bill was also passed in the Manipur Legislative Assembly last year. It is expected to contribute to enhancing the quality of higher education in the State.

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Manipur Education Dept undertakes school amalgamation exercise

IMPHAL, Jan 5 - The Department of School Education, Manipur, has undertaken a major exercise to restructure and rationalise government schools by way of amalgamation, Education Minister Thokchom Radheshyam said.

Seeking cooperation in this regard, the minister said that amalgamation of 247 schools with nearby schools having better infrastructure, connectivity and student enrolment would be carried out for overall improvement in the school education sector before the new academic session, 2019-2020, after making it known to all the stakeholders.

Claiming that government schools are now gradually regaining the trust of people as the number of students is increasing progressively, minister Radheshyam said that a government school at Heirok has now more than 300 students, which is much higher than what it was earlier.

Speaking to media persons here a few days back, minister Radheshyam had said that the �Lairik Tamhalasi� (�No child left behind�) scheme is being launched in the State from the current academic session with the aim of making secondary and higher secondary education free in government and Government-aided schools. Under this scheme, out-of-school children in the age group of 15-18 years are identified and admitted into formal schools.

Highlighting the major steps being initiated by the Education Department, the minister said that altogether 11 Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBVs) and nine residential schools in the State having classes VI to VIII have been upgraded to high schools. These will be subsequently upgraded to higher secondary schools.

Radheshyam added that 14 colleges in the State have introduced course programmes in Food Processing, Fashion Technology, Tourism and Hospitality, Sericulture, Information and IT Service, Retail Management, IT/ITes, Beauty Therapist and Aesthetics, Graphic Design, Music Media and Entertainment, Floriculture and Landscaping, Health Care, Solar PV Installer, Physical Education and Sports Nutrition and Hospitality Management.

Informing that the Dhanamanjuri University is being established under the University Act, 2017, which came into force on April 6, 2018, the minister said that construction activities have started under RUSA funding amounting to Rs 55 crore.

Established under the RUSA with five constituent colleges � DM College of Science, DM College of Arts, DM College of Commerce, GP College and LMS Law College � the university will offer 22 postgraduate courses with an intake capacity of 1,130 students and undergraduate courses with an intake capacity of 2,950 students.

The Manipur International University Bill was also passed in the Manipur Legislative Assembly last year. It is expected to contribute to enhancing the quality of higher education in the State.

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