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Eklavya Model schools
The scheme of Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRSs) is a Government of India scheme for model residential school for Indian tribals (ST, Scheduled Tribes) across India and was introduced in the year 1997-98.
- To provide quality middle and high-level education to Scheduled Tribe (ST) students in remote areas in order to enable them to avail of reservation in high and professional educational courses and get jobs in government and public and private sectors.
- Comprehensive physical, mental and socially relevant development of all students enrolled in each and every EMRS.
- Focus differentially on the educational support to be made available to those in Standards XI and XII, and those in standards VI to X, so that their distinctive needs can be met.
- Support the construction of infrastructure that provides education, physical, environmental and cultural needs of student life.
- The scheme is being implemented by the Ministry of Tribal affairs.
- EMRSs are set up in States/UTs with grants under Article 275(1) of the Constitution of India.
- As per budget announcement 2018-19, every block having 50% or more ST population and at least 20,000 ST persons is to have an EMRS by the year 2022.
- The government gives one time ₹30 lakh grant for establishing the school, thereafter up to ₹30 lakhs per school annually. Additional cost is borne by state governments.
- A total number of 438 EMRSs have so far been sanctioned by the Ministry, out of which 285 are functional.
- As per existing guidelines, the total number of EMRSs being set up upto the year 2022 is 740.
- Admission to these schools will be through selection/competition with suitable provision for preference to children belonging to Primitive Tribal Groups, first generation students, etc.
- Sufficient land would be given by the State Government for the school, play grounds, hostels, residential quarters, etc., free of cost.
- The number of seats for boys and girls will be equal.
- In these schools, education will be entirely free.
- Every class can have maximum 60 students preferably in 2 sections of 30 students each and the total sanctioned strength of the school will be 480 students.
- At the Higher Secondary level (class XI & XII), there will be three sections per class for the three streams in Science, Commerce & Humanities.
Art & Culture
Indian Culture Portal
An online portal, namely Indian Culture Portal was launched in December, 2019 to showcase information about the rich cultural heritage of India across the globe.
About the portal:
- It is an initiative of Ministry of Culture.
- The Indian Culture Portal is available in two languages i.e. Hindi and English.
- The portal will create awareness about both the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of India through the content available on the portal.
- It comprises mainly of rare books, e-books, manuscripts, artefacts from museums, virtual galleries, archives, photo archives, gazetteers, Indian National Bibliography, videos, detailed accounts of Indian UNESCO World Heritage site, Musical Instruments of India, write-ups and pictures on cuisines, festivals, paintings, folk art and classical art from different States of India etc.