The North Delhi Municipal Corporation has decided to allow private actors to run training centers or vocational training centers in some of its vacant civic school buildings and has issued a tender for the rental of 14 of these establishments. teaching in the first phase.
Officials said the bids were solicited by the civic body’s remunerative projects cell and the process should be expected by Oct. 22.
Among the 14 school buildings subject to electronic auctions, there are four in Narela, seven in the Sadar-Paharganj area and one each in the Karol Bagh, Civil Lines and Keshav Puram areas. Some of the schools, which are rented in the first phase, include Tajpur Kalan Boys School, Baljitpur Girls School, Barwala Girls School, Salahpur Majra Girls School, Kashmere Gate Boys School and the Chahalpuri Primary School. Schools located in the walled city of Sadar-Paharganj area include primary schools located in Gali Razia Begum, Mohalla Niyariyan, Pahari Imli and Phatak Badwalan.
The MCD du Nord manages 714 municipal primary schools, which mainly cater for children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, have seen their enrollment decline steadily.
Enrollment data from the civic body shows that primary schools run by MCD du Nord had 3.7 lakh of students in 2012-13, which rose to 3.1 lakh in 2016-17. A senior official in the North Corporation’s education department said about 2.3 lakh children were enrolled in municipal primary schools until August.
“The infrastructure of these vacant buildings is being wasted and part of the income generated by this project will be donated to the education department,” the official said.
Khagesh Jha, Supreme Court attorney and education activist who heads the Forum for Indian Parents organization, said more than 20 lakhs of children would be out of school in Delhi and civic bodies should focus on l education of these children. fold instead of renting vacant school buildings.
“There is already a shortage of land to install new public schools. The municipal body should not use school buildings for income generating purposes. Delhi’s population is growing and the demands on schools will only increase, ”he added.
Jogi Ram Jain, the chairman of the North Corporation standing committee, did not comment on the matter.