Bhubaneswar, Sept 21 (LocalWire): The government-aided higher secondary schools built on its own land will be entitled to avail government grants for infrastructure development.
The newly-introduced guidelines framed by the state government have made legal possession of land a mandatory criterion for school building, repair and renovation grants.
These schools with students of class 11 and 12 are now under the administrative control of school and mass education department.
Decision to this effect was taken as some of these institutions which were earlier privately-run are locked in land litigations, said Priti Pratibha Bhol, a senior official of school and mass education department.
The building grants worth Rs 30 lakh will be released to goverment-aided higher secondary schools with a student-strength of 500 or more. The schools with less than 500 students will be entitled to Rs 20 lakh grants, she said.
The school authorities in order to attain eligibility have to constitute a building committee comprising president of the school governing body, principal, a representative of public works department or rural development department, an account official and two teachers.
The building committee will have the responsibility of ensuring the qualitative construction of school buildings under periodic monitoring by chief engineers of Roads and Building and Rural Development departments, she added.