“It is the thinking of our government that in the coming days SC, ST, OBC and minority residential schools – we have invested heavily in the infrastructure in these schools – need to improve their quality,” Bomai said.
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Speaking on the occasion of the 106th birth anniversary of former Chief Minister D Debraj Urs, he said there was a need to create job opportunities not only for higher education but also for international education for the students studying there. “So, we are coming up with a special program for this. Whether it is NEET or CET, we want to boost their confidence to take competitive exams. Karnataka has started model schools in line with CBSE. We want to create a system where these residential schools are CBSE.” Will be standardized, ”he added.
The state has about 800 residential schools for students from different social groups.
The chief minister said the state government would also launch three new residential schools for the children of nomadic tribes this year. There are already four schools and a corporation.
“Two of the four schools do not have their own buildings. We are giving crores of rupees to each of them for this. We will also decide to preserve the unique nomadic culture,” he said.
He added that his government would work with three ‘S’s’ for the development of the poor and the needy, namely education, employment and empowerment.
The Chief Minister presented the De Devraj Urs Award established by the State Government.
Recalling Urs and his “revolutionary” land reforms, Bombay said, “He liberated the land and he liberated the children of the soil.”
The Chief Minister also recalled his contribution to the state’s hydropower and irrigation projects. Mention that several programs started by Urs are still running.
“Every year, we provide scholarships worth Rs 2,525 crore to students …. residential schools are also being run for the backward class students.”
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