Govt schools to open for art and cul­tural train­ing: Siso­dia

Millennium Post - - CITY -

NEW DELHI: The Delhi govern­ment has de­cided to open its schools' doors for art, cul­ture, dance train­ing and the cab­i­net has ap­proved in this re­gard, as­serted Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Man­ish Siso­dia on Tues­day. "Acad­e­mies and NGOS run­ning such cour­ses/ pro­grammes will be el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply un­der this scheme. Delhi govern­ment and Sahitya Kala Par­ishad will se­lect these acad­e­mies un­der a pre­scribed el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria," he said.

Siso­dia said af­ter school hours, the govern­ment will al­low these train­ing pro­grammes in its schools. "The acad­e­mies will have to en­sure that in their train­ing classes, half of the to­tal stu­dents will have to be from the re­spec­tive school and they will have to be trained free of cost. These acad­e­mies will be al­lowed to charge fees from oth­ers," he said.

The Cab­i­net also ap­proved the Direc­torate of Ed­u­ca­tion pro­posal to sup­port school stu­dents for ex­cel­lence in sports in Un­der 14 and Un­der 17 cat­e­gories, as­serted the Min­is­ter.

He said that Delhi govern­ment will pro­vide fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to el­i­gi­ble stu­dents up to Rs 2 lakh per year in Un­der 14 cat­e­gory and Rs 3 lakh in Un­der 17 cat­e­gory. Those pre­par­ing to compete in na­tional and in­ter­na­tional sport­ing events will be el­i­gi­ble to avail this scheme.

"Apart from this, the govern­ment will pro­vide medical and ac­ci­dent in­sur­ance of Rs 5 lakh each to el­i­gi­ble stu­dents. Ac­cord­ing to the Depart­ment es­ti­mate, at least 600 stu­dents in Delhi ap­peared to be el­i­gi­ble for this scheme and the num­ber could be higher. An ex­pert com­mit­tee will fi­nalise all other modal­i­ties and 14 sport­ing dis­ci­plines are to be in­cluded in this scheme," he said.

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