About 70 candidates for the state government project “residential schools of excellence” on the public-private partnership (PPP) mode were shortlisted after careful consideration by the committee of the state education department. for this purpose.

Shortlisted applicants out of nearly 350 applicants from across the state, including prominent religious organizations to prominent philanthropists, private universities to corporate institutions, non-resident Indians (NRIs) to non-governmental organizations (NGOs), had expressed their interest in the “residential schools” of the state education department. of the Excellence program offering free residential education for grades 6 to 12 by private project partners.

An interaction with the shortlisted is scheduled for January 3.

“The education department aims to survey them on what they are supposed to do, after which a memorandum of understanding will be signed with them. For example, the type and quality of the infrastructure to be provided. This is to ensure that the selected candidates do not back down to a later stage or halfway once the MoU is signed. Thus, giving them the possibility to withdraw now if they wish, ”said Education Secretary Vinod Rao.

The education department has prepared a presentation detailing the project requirements that will be presented to shortlisted applicants on Monday. Additionally, with the help of legal professionals, the terms of the MoU are crafted to legally bind them.

The selection process for which nominations were requested in August 2021 is already overdue due to the change of state government led by Vijay Rupani in September 2021.

The department is targeting the PPP model which requires a total investment in land, infrastructure, human resources, logistics and management to manage nearly 50 “excellent school residences” with 2,000 to 10,000 students, from June 2022.

“Ideally, 50 schools will be selected where they need to undertake infrastructure by June 2022 in accordance with the minimum requirements and part by next June,” Rao added. Thus, the policy aims to create a total of 1 lakh of students in these boarding schools in grades 6 to 12 over the next 3 to 5 years.

However, the education department envisions a statewide geographic representation which, with the number of nominations from one region dominating the others, seems difficult to implement.

Sources, for example, have revealed that the number of claims from the Saurashtra region is higher than other parts of the state such as the tribal areas. While the entire capital cost will be borne by the project partner, the education department will provide financial assistance to meet recurrent costs through a lump sum of Rs 60,000 per child per year decided for the year 2021-2022 with an annual increase of 7 per year. hundred.

In accordance with the recent Memorandum of Understanding signed between the University of Cambridge and the Gujarat Council for Secondary and Higher Education (GSHSEB), these boarding schools of excellence, while classes 6 to 8 will be bilingual, class 9 will be in English.

The Memorandum of Understanding between the Cambridge Partnership for Education, part of the University of Cambridge and the Government of Gujarat, enabling collaboration on curriculum development, assessment, teaching resources and d learning and teacher training, will be implemented in boarding schools of excellence from June 2022..

The GSHSEB, with the support of the school command and control center, will also put in place a mechanism to monitor the learning levels of each student through formative and summative assessments. These schools will then be evaluated periodically by the Gujarat Schools Quality Accreditation Council (GSQAC).