Hyderabad: At the first glance, one would think they are international or corporate schools. Well, there is every reason for people to think so for the bright buildings, spacious classrooms, sprawling green premises and serene ambience have all become a feature in all the 119 Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Telangana Backward Classes Welfare Residential Schools.
With the best infrastructure facilities, the BC Welfare Residential Schools are imparting quality free education in English medium along with boarding facility on a par with corporate schools.
To ensure quality and free English medium education for students from backward classes, the State government had issued orders in February according permission to Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Telangana Backward Classes Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society for starting 119 BC welfare residential schools.
And racing against time, the society officials selected buildings of private engineering and B.Ed colleges that were closed and started putting in the required infrastructure before starting the schools.
“It was a Herculean task but we successfully completed it and started all the 119 schools on time,” says G Asok Kumar, Principal Secretary, Backward Classes Welfare.
After an approval from Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, the department would take up construction of new buildings at an estimated cost of Rs 2,350 crore and equal importance had been given for the infrastructure which would come up involving an expenditure of Rs 285 crore.
The 119 BC Welfare Residential Schools started by admitting students for classes V, VI and VII and each class would be added every year. For admissions, the society received 1.50 lakh applications for the entrance examination. “Next year we are expecting 3 lakh applications,” says A Rama Lakshman, Adviser to Government, Welfare.
While there were 30,000 seats in 142 residential schools including the new ones, about 26,000 seats have been filled. Though the admission process for class V had been completed, parents continue to approach the society seeking seats. The society follows reservation system where 75 per cent of seats are filled with BC students and 25 per cent with those from other categories.
“About 200 parents visit for admissions daily. Class V admissions have been completed. There are some vacant seats in Class VI and VII and these are being filled based on the merit secured by candidates in the entrance examination,” says a senior official.
Yoga, studies, sports and more
For holistic development, the society has equally focused on sports and games besides regular academics. Students begin their day at 5 am with meditation and yoga followed by prayer and classwork and the day ends at 9 pm after study hours.
It may be worth mentioning here that the BC Welfare Schools have surpassed the State average in the SSC results with more than 95 per cent clearing the examination. “I followed my father’s advice and wrote the entance and got the seat. The academics here are very good,”
Rakesh, a Class V of BC Welfare Residential School, Batasingaram, said. The society has appointed 119 principals and 750 faculty members in its schools.
Comfortable stay, nutritious food
The schools have special colorful two-tier dormitories besides, blankets, plates, bowls and steel trunks to store clothes.
This apart, students are provided snacks, scrumptious and nutritious breakfast, lunch and dinner. The daily menu apart from milk includes fine rice, dal, sambar, curry, pickle, butter milk, papad, and egg (every day), while chicken is served once in a week.
“I like the food which is served in the hostel better than home. We get an egg every day,” says T Amrutha, a class V student of BC Welfare Residential School, Keesara.