Siddipet: A government school in Siddipet town is making waves having received 570 applications this year, many of them from students studying in private schools, seeking admissions from Class VI to X. Of the 209 applications seeking admission into Class VI, 79 are from private schools, followed by 57 such applications for Class VII.
The school, however, could provide admission only to 180 students for the 2021-22 academic year while rejecting 218 applications and keeping 172 applications pending. The much-sought-after Indira Nagar Government School has modern facilities such as multipurpose computer lab, digital classroom, integrated science lab and solar power, among others. Unlike other government schools, students of this school begin the day with meditation and motivational classes.
The demand for seats in the school is such that even Finance Minister T Harish Rao has refused to issue recommendation letters, giving full freedom to the school staff in the admission process.
With improved teaching standards, facilities and good results, the school has increased its admissions from 370 in 2015 to 1,100 in 2021, mainly on account of word-of-mouth publicity in the locality. Among all schools in Siddipet district, both government and private, the Indira Nagar school has the highest strength as of now.
The school, which used to pay Rs 8,000 towards electricity bill every month, generated 6,800 units of surplus solar power after the equipment was installed in November 2019.
Speaking to ‘Telangana Today’, headmaster Rama Swamy said they are using the amount saved on electricity bill towards various other facilities. “The students are being trained in Yoga, meditation, spoken English, robotics, internet browsing, coding, among others,” Rama Swamy, a postgraduate in Electronics, said, adding that they aim to equip their students with skills superior to those of private students.
On coming to know about the commitment of the headmaster and teachers, Harish Rao ensured digital classrooms, computer labs and other facilities at the school. Though the school has 20 granted staff, it needs additional 22 staffers. Allotting six additional staff, the Minister requested NATCO Pharma to build four additional classrooms under Corporate Social Responsibility to meet the needs of the school. Though the school has a classroom library, the headmaster said they were planning to build a library now.
Rama Swamy gets recommendation letters from most of the district officials in Siddipet and has got 40 such letters from different municipal councillors of Siddipet this year. However, Rama Swamy said they would give priority to the local students.
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