Vizianagaram Collector M. Hari Jawaharlal’s frequent inspections and his dining with students under the ‘Collectorto Kasepu’ (some moments with Collector) programme are keeping the wardens on their toes to improve the conditions particularly the food quality. The Collector, who had hostel experience during his childhood days, has been focusing on the infrastructure of the hostels which are under the control of the AP Social Welfare Department, the AP BC Welfare Department and the Integrated Tribal Development Agency-Parvatipuram.
The departments concerned are taking steps on a war-footing to improve the facilities. Electric connections, flooring and rest rooms are being given the top priority. Cleanliness is also being given importance to minimise the impact of viral fevers and other diseases common in tribal areas.
According to Dr. Jawaharlal, the students should feel that they are second to none in studies and extra curricular activities. Low-esteem should not hinder their growth. To make them think big, he spends time with them and shares his ideas and explains the importance of studies. He also asks the children to concentrate on yoga, physical fitness and improvement of kitchen gardens in the premises of hostels.
He strongly feels that funds will not be a problem if industries come forward to ensure quality education for hostel students.
“We requested industries to allocate at least Rs. 3 crore under the Corporate Social Responsibility for the improvement of hostel conditions in the district. We also submitted a detailed report to the government for the construction of new hostels since some of them are operated from rented buildings,” he told
AP Social Welfare Department Deputy Director Suneel Rajkumar said weekly meetings were being conducted for all the wardens and staff to improve academic standards. “The department is keen on ensuring 10/10 GPA for a majority of the tenth class students this year. The teachers are advised to focus on the basics and clarify doubts immediately.”
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