Establishment of Kendriya Vidyalayas abroad, suggestion of parliamentary panel

Establishment of Kendriya Vidyalayas abroad, suggestion of parliamentary panel

New Delhi: The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education has suggested that the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) should open schools abroad in view of the fact that millions of Indians are settled around the world.

The panel headed by BJP MP Vinay Sahasrabuddhe submitted its report to Parliament during the budget session in which they discussed various aspects related to the functioning of Kendriya Vidyalayas.

The committee said that since a significant number of Indians were inhabited in different parts of the world, a feasibility study should be conducted in relation to the opening of Kendriya Vidyalayas in different countries.

The parliamentary panel also called for the expansion of the footprint of Kendriya Vidyalayas within the country, pointing towards making these schools a ‘brand’ and gaining nationwide respect for the quality of education.

On the issue of opening new Kendriya Vidyalayas abroad, KVS says that it all depends on the requests of the concerned embassies. Proposals received in consultation with the Ministry of External Affairs are examined.

KVS started in 1963 with 20 regimental schools, but has since expanded to more than 1,200 schools across the country, including three KVs in Moscow, Tehran and Kathmandu.

These three schools are inside Indian embassies in Russia, Iran and Nepal and are borne by the Ministry of External Affairs.

KVS is an autonomous body that operates Kendriya Vidyalayas across the country. The schools were initially started to provide education to the children of central government employees, but wards of private individuals have also been given admission in Kendriya Vidyalayas in the last few years.

According to the Ministry of Education, there are currently 1,245 Kendriya Vidyalayas operating across the country.

KVS told the committee that the Government of India had approved 50 new KVs in March 2019, out of which 19 are yet to be opened. In addition, 13 KVs were approved in August 2018, of which four are yet to be opened.

The Ministry of Education said that 8,420 teachers will be appointed in Central Schools and 1,394 in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas.

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