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KVS norms a hindering factor for starting schools in NIT-T, IIM-T

Unlike the Indian Institutes of Technology of long standing, the National Institute of Technology - Tiruchi and Indian Institute of Management - Tiruchi are unable to start Kendriya Vidyalayas on their campuses, since the current norms of the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan for starting the school in institutions of higher learning are a hindering factor.

For opening a Kendriya Vidyalaya under Project Sector Scheme, the board of directors/ management of the Government of India Undertaking / Institution of Higher Learning are required to give a commitment to bear the entire cost: recurring and non-recurring expenditure including proportionate overhead charges and future development expenditure; provide suitable and sufficient land, buildings, furniture and equipment, and residential accommodation for the staff of the proposed school.

There are certain norms that are applicable only for public sector undertakings. For instance, the transferability condition is central to the opening of a Kendriya Vidyalaya.

As far as higher educational institutions such as NITs or IIMs are concerned, the question of a faculty member getting transferred to another does not arise.

Another hindering norm is the emphasis on concentration of at least 500 employees and at least 200 children (500 children in the case of big cities) willing to be enrolled in different classes of the proposed school to begin with.

In the absence of Kendriya Vidyalayas on the campuses, young faculties in their thirties and forties in these institutions admit their wards to the two Kendriya Vidyalayas at Ordnance Factory Estate and Heavy Alloy Penetrator Project Township, and a few private schools in BHEL township and surroundings.

A school of a high-standard in the campus is what candidates look for at the outset before taking up teaching positions in the institutions of higher learning, according to the institution heads.

In anticipation of relaxation of the norms by the KVS, the two institutions of national importance have, nevertheless, earmarked suitable space in their campuses for starting the schools in future.


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