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ISM reclaims school acres

Dhanbad, Dec. 21: The future of around 2,000 students of Indian School of Learning (ISL) is hanging in the balance.

Indian School of Mines (ISM), Dhanbad, has decided to take back a portion of its campus it had leased out to the school in 1989. The ISM management has already served a legal notice to the school, which teaches students from nursery to Class XII on three acres on the mining cradle’s premises.

ISM registrar-cum-estate officer Col M.K. Singh confirmed the move, but stressed that they had no intention of jeopardising the future of ISL students. According to him, the Centre has directed the ISM to reclaim all its plots for better utilisation of properties and expansion of the premier institute. Moreover, the plot in question was given to the school management for a period of 24 years, and the lease tenure expired on November 30 this year.

“The school did not renew the lease and ISM has the right to take back the land,” said Col Singh, adding that the notice was served to the school well before the lease agreement lapsed.

Asked what would happen to the students, Col Singh said they might allow the school to run from their campus if it was handed over to ISM.

“The school management is making profits, but not paying any land rent to ISM. We believe in imparting quality education and don’t want to shut down the school. If it is handed over to us, we will pay better salaries to teachers also,” he added.

ISL director J.K. Sinha, who runs several schools in and around Dhanbad, said they urged ISM to extend the lease, but to no avail. “So, we have approached Dhanbad court for maintaining the status quo,” he said.


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