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65 new BC residential schools to come up

65 new BC residential schools to come up
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The state government has decided to improve the strength of the BC Residential schools and conversion of BC Welfare Integrated Hostels in the state into BC welfare Residential Schools in a phased manner.According to official sources, the BC Welfare Department is maintaining 897 hostels for Pre-Matric boys and girls in which nearly 90,000 boarders were admitted.

Amaravati: The state government has decided to improve the strength of the BC Residential schools and conversion of BC Welfare Integrated Hostels in the state into BC welfare Residential Schools in a phased manner.According to official sources, the BC Welfare Department is maintaining 897 hostels for Pre-Matric boys and girls in which nearly 90,000 boarders were admitted.

All the Pre-Matric Hostels have an admission pattern of 3rd to 10th standard and the students pursue their studies in the Primary School, Upper Primary Schools, ZP School, and also the Recognised Schools in the neighbourhood. The BC Welfare Department also maintains 32 BC Residential Schools which have an admission pattern from 5th to 10th standard.

The BC Residential Schools have English medium as the medium of instruction and the students are able to pursue their studies along with boarding and lodging facilities in the same campus. During the last academic year, the department has taken up an exercise to identify the hostels which are uneconomical, unviable and maintained with a meagre strength.
117 hostels which are unviable in nature with strength of 3784 students were identified by the department.

To optimize the resources, those hostels and the boarders were merged with the nearby BC Welfare hostels and the boarders were merged with the nearby BC Welfare hostels from the academic year 2016-17. The remaining 780 hostels are to be converted into Residential Schools.

The government as part of its strategy to bring rationalisation in the existing system, decided to enhance the strength in the existing BC Residential Schools from 480 to 960 wherever there is feasibility and convert 16 Integrated Welfare Hostel Complexes into BC Residential Schools by creating additional infrastructure and providing staff.

The government has also decided to open nine new BC Residential Schools which are already sanctioned by admitting 960 students in each school in a phased manner. Adding further it was also decided to sanction 65 new BC Residential Schools by identifying the locations to merge the hostel boarders and complete the exercise of rationalisation which will accommodate 62,000 students from the existing hostels in a phased manner, according to officials.

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