Arrangements will be made to ensure that no child is excluded from getting education adopting the approach of ‘Bhiksha Nahi Shiksha’
State Government is committed to start signal school where required in the State
State Government is making efforts to bring the children of last men in the mainstream of education- Chief Minister
It is a matter of double pride to see the idea of holistic education come true- Chief Justice
Gandhinagar, Saturday: Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel said that arrangements will be made to ensure that not a single child is excluded from getting education by adopting the approach of ‘Bhiksha Nahi Shiksha’ for the poor children begging at traffic signals.
The State Government is committed to start signal school wherever required in the state. The government has made efforts to bring even the child of last men in the mainstream of education, said the Chief Minister.
In the presence of Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court Shri Aravind Kumar, Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel enrolled Gujarat signal school students at Pandit Deendayal Auditorium in Ahmedabad under Shala Praveshotsav.
A joint venture of Gujarat State Legal Services Authority and Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and Municipal School Board recently 139 children were enrolled in the municipal primary schools today. Educational kits were handed over to 10 children of Signal School and 2 children were given school enrolment letter.
The state government has made extensive arrangements to ensure that education reaches not only the children begging at the cross roads or signal, but also the children of the nomadic caste as well as the Agarias community. About 40 schools on wheels in Agaria area and School and hostel facilities in housings of nomadic people are been provided.
Under the celebration of Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav, Children’s will be given world class education which will shape their lives. The initiative to create a festive atmosphere for the society by enrolling the child in school was taken in Gujarat in 2003 under the guidance of the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
The 17th edition of this Shala Praveshotsav which started with the inspiration of the Prime Minister is being held across the state during June 23, 24 and 25 this year.
Focusing on the success of this year’s Shala Praveshotsav the Chief Minister added that in 2 days more than 3.83 lakh students got enrolled n Std-1 and more than 1.88 lakh girls got admission in the school. While 78000 children have got admission in Anganwadi. Talking about the overall success of the Shala Praveshotsav the Chief Minister said that The drop out ratio has dropped from 37.22% to 3.39% in last 20 years.
Talking about the achievements made in the field of higher education in the state, the Chief Minister said that There were 21 universities 20 years ago, today there are 103 universities, The number of colleges has increased from 775 to 3117, The number of engineering colleges was 26 which has increased to 133 today, there were 31 polytechnic colleges, today the number has increased to 144, the number of professional colleges has increased from 108 to 503. Medical seats were 1375, which increased to 5700. The state government has provided education opportunities to all from primary education to higher and technical education facilities.
On this occasion, Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court Shri Aravind Kumar gave a quick response to start signal school in just 15 days as a result of it today 139 children are getting admission in mainstream schools. It is a pleasure to see the idea of holistic education come true, he added.
The Chief Justice also requested the Chief Minister to start signal schools in the entire state Characterizing ‘Bhiksha Nahi Shiksha’. Explaining the difference between a teacher and a guru, the Chief Justice urged the teachers to be not only instructors of the children but also constructors of their lives and personalities.
Signal School project was started last year by the Gujarat High Court and the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation with the objective of imparting school education to the begging children seen on the streets of Ahmedabad city. Under which such children are initially taught through the bridge course and then are enrolled to the nearest school. 139 such children of the city were enrolled to the school by the Chief Minister while 110 new children were nominated for Signal School.
Mayor of Ahmedabad Shri Kiritbhai Parmar, Municipal Commissioner Shri Lochan Sehra, Deputy Mayor Shri Gitabahen Patel, Member Secretary of Gujarat State Legal Services Authority Shri R. A. Trivedi, The chairman of the school board Dr. Sujay Mehta and Vice Chairman Shri Vipulbhai Sevak as well office bearers of Municipal Corporation and School Board were present on the occasion.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat