Select Govt Schools will run PPP model

The Yogi government has decided to introduce public private partnership (PPP) model in these institutions in an effort to give a fillip to quality of education in government-run select secondary schools in UP.

The government plans to make available infrastructure, including land and buildings, whereas private firm or individual would run and manage it, said a senior official of the state education department aware of the development.

The government may also soon create a post and appoint an officer on special duty for drafting a policy and its implementation.

Vinay Kumar Pandey, director (secondary education) has sent a missive to senior officials of his department. Pandey has instructed additional director (secondary education) Mahendra Dev, deputy education director (camp) Vivek Nautiyal and assistant education director (sports) JK Verma to prepare a formal proposal for the PPP model.

Officials have shared that CM Yogi Adityanath has personally evinced interest in introducing the initiative in the state.

However, this is not the first time that PPP model is being attempted by the state government in education sector, officials said.

To make quality education available for students of rural areas, the state government had decided to open 680 schools in different development blocks in phases. Under this, 148 schools in 2010-11 and another 45 schools in 2012-13 were sanctioned. 191 even got constructed.

However, the Centre then delinked the scheme. Then the state government had decided to operate these schools on PPP model from July 2015. However, this initiative also failed.

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