Jamshedpur, April 13: Tata Steel has proposed that the state start a residential school for tribals near the city in East Singhbhum district for which the company is ready to set up infrastructure.
Tata Steel managing director (MD) H.M. Nerurkar dropped hints about the plan while speaking to The Telegraph on the sidelines of a function to lay the foundation stone for a new three-storied building at St Mary’s English High School, Bistupur, today.
“We have earmarked funds for this project and construction work would commence as soon as government gives us land. We require around 30 acre land for the residential school dedicated to tribal boys and girls,” he said.
The state-of-the-art school will be equipped with modern facilities. “We want all round development of tribal students and our focus would be on personality development, extra-curricular activities and sound academic support,” Nerurkar said.
At the same time, the MD iterated, all infrastructure support to other Tata Steel-backed schools would continue. “This is necessary as only through education can our youths enhance their employability potential in the present economic scenario. The company would continue its support to city-based schools in their pursuit of providing best knowledge to the students,” said Nerurkar.
Tata Steel runs eight primary schools, nine high schools and a college, while supporting many more institutions indirectly in the city.
About today’s beginning, Father David Vincent, principal of St Mary’s school, said that out of a total project cost of Rs 7 crore for the new building, the steel major would be giving Rs 2 crore.
“The remaining amount will be generated from our resources and support from Jamshedpur Catholic diocesan education society head office at Golmuri,” he added.
The building, with an area of 2,500 sqft, will have an auditorium on the ground floor with seating capacity of 1,500.
The first floor will have an audio-visual room and classrooms, while the second floor will house an e-library.
Affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education, St Mary’s has over 2,400 students offering classes till class XII.Courtesy:TheTelegraph.