First in city: Residential school for orphans

The Delhi Cabinet on Thursday approved the setting up of the city's first residential school for orphans as well students from SC, ST, OBC and minorities in collaboration with the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences in Bhubaneshwar.

The school in Isapur is expected to house at least 1,200 students from classes I to XII. The government will bear the cost of education at Rs 5,000 per student each month.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said the school would go a long way in advancing students of weaker sections of society.

"This is a significant decision to provide free and quality education to the SC,OBC, minorities and orphans to bring them on a par with students from affluent sections of society," Dikshit said.

She added that the governing body for the school would include the Chief Secretary of Delhi as well as relevant principal secretaries to take and implement policy decisions.

Government officials said the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, which has successfully operated a school for tribal students in Orissa, was chosen to run the CBSE-affiliated residential school in Delhi.

"The Kalinga Institute will operate, maintain and manage the school for a period of 15 years on a no-profit-no-loss basis in accordance with terms mentioned in an MoU," Dikshit said.

The Cabinet approved a proposal to make 441 government schools in Delhi fully fire-proof. "The PWD was entrusted to provide safety provisions in 441 government school buildings including fire alarms, fire escape routes and fire-fighting measures. The Cabinet has approved a revised estimate of Rs 112.15 crore for this purpose," Dikshit said.

The Cabinet has also decided to recommend the summoning of the budget session of the Assembly from March 13 to April 2, 2013, and have written to Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna of the same.

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