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Amethi school ‘gift’

New Delhi, Jan. 6: Amethi and Rae Bareli could get a Kendriya Vidyalaya each as part of 54 such schools planned by the UPA government at the fag end of its tenure.

The constituencies of Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi aren’t the only ones lined up for the late-season boost: Kakinada, HRD minister M.M. Pallam Raju’s seat in Seemandhra, is likely to get one too, officials said. Another school may come up in Telangana.

A ministry official said that most of the proposed schools may come up in areas that don’t have one.

Kakinada doesn’t have one. Amethi and Rae Bareli already have one such institution each but the ministry could cite their “educational backwardness” to argue they need more.

The ministry has sent the proposal to the expenditure finance committee (EFC) under the finance ministry for sanction of funds. The committee was supposed to take up the matter last month but the meeting was postponed.

The locations of the schools are not mentioned in the proposal sent to the EFC. The ministry will finalise them once the approval is given.

A senior HRD official said both Amethi and Rae Bareli were backward districts with enrolment ratios below the national average.

According to sources in the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) — the organisation that runs the chain of 1,091 schools across the country — nearly 140 districts do not have a single such institution now.

This is not the only central project planned for Amethi and Rae Bareli. The ministry has introduced a bill in Parliament to set up a central university for women in Rae Bareli. The varsity will be named after Indira Gandhi, who represented the constituency earlier.

Another central organisation, the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS), has decided to set up a stadium in Rae Bareli for sports events featuring its students. The NVS operates the 600-odd Navodaya schools in the country. The stadium will be a key facility to hold national-level sports contests among Navodaya students.