Kolkata: The West Bengal Government has decided to revive the lost glory of Darjeeling as an education hub. The Hills of Darjeeling and Kalimpong will soon get a total of 56 primary and secondary schools that will be established in far-flung areas.
The tenders for the construction of the school buildings have already been issued. Education member of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) Board, Amar Singh Rai, said, “Through the Sarva Sikhsa Mission, the Hills will see 20 new primary and 36 upper primary schools. The Education department has also issued tenders for this.”
He further added, “It has allocated Rs 28 lakh for the construction of a primary school and Rs 58 lakh for an upper primary school. In total, Rs 26 crore and 4 lakh will be allocated for the 56 schools,”
In total, Rs 5.6 crore will be spent on building primary schools and Rs 20.88 crore for upper primary school buildings. Rai said: “Our aim has been to give a major thrust in education in the hills. We have identified those schools which are situated in far-flung areas of the hills. The GTA is holding continuous meeting with the state government on various developmental initiatives.”
In the last couple of months, the state government and the GTA has regularised jobs of 137 ad-hoc teachers. In January, Binay Tamang, the GTA chairman of the board of administrator, had handed approval letters to 429 secondary teachers, solving a decade long problem.
Two industrial training centres (ITI) are also coming up in Siliguri sub-division, which will equip youth for the future with proper training. Incidentally, the State Government has plans to develop the town of Kurseong as an education hub. A campus of Presidency University will be opened there, along with a medical college.