Private trusts to run SMC schools in Surat

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Surat, Apr 4 (UNI) The Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) is the first civic body in the state to have private partnership in its civic schools with four schools being managed by private trusts.

Under the project, the private trusts have to develop a library, science lab, computer lab, audio-visual system and teacher's training in the schools allotted to them. The cost is borne by the trust itself. The schools are allotted as per the choice of the trust, which is administered by a 13-member committee.

The civic body has 268 schools running in the city and 51 more schools will be added after merger of new areas within the city limits.

Nagar Pratmik Shikshan Samithi Chairman Rupin Patchigar said 85 per cent of our annual budget of Rs 110 crore goes in paying salaries to the staff, leaving a meager amount for the school's development. The concept of private partnership came into light while we were looking for donors for the schools, Mr Patchigar added.

A wind of change can be seen in the four schools being managed by the trusts. The perspective of parents towards the civic schools is also changing. The overall performance of the students has increased to a great extent and the parents are extremely happy, he said.

Mr Patchigar said that with the success of these four schools, they have decided to offer 51 more schools for private partnership till December end and added that 10 to 15 donors have shown interest in accepting the schools.

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