Hyderabad: Inclusive growth has been a hallmark of Telangana’s welfare policies, one of the biggest examples of this being how minority education has grown by leaps and bounds ever since the new State came into being.
The TRS government, by initiating what is now popular as Telangana Minorities Residential (TMR) Schools, is empowering minorities by providing high quality holistic and value-based education in English medium, that too free of cost.
The contrast is stark when one looks at the situation in erstwhile Andhra Pradesh, when there were just 12 educational institutions for minorities. Even those schools languished without proper grants, focus or infrastructure.
Now? The Telangana Minorities Residential Educational Institutions Society (TMREIS) was set up, and in just 18 months, the Society has opened a staggering 204 TMR Schools including 107 boys schools and 97 girls schools across the State. Of these, 40 schools are in the Greater Hyderabad region alone.
Telangana is the only State in the country that has such a large number of residential schools for children from minority sections. The revolution in the field of minority education did not stop there. Given the infrastructure and quality education being provided in these schools, a large number of parents are shifting their wards from private to TMR Schools. With the demand being huge, students are being admitted at Class V level through an entrance test, something unheard of for government schools in most other States.
Most students who join these institutions are from families that have breadwinners doing agriculture labour or being daily wage workers, auto drivers, vegetable, fruit and flower vendors, mechanics and so on.
This year, 71 schools have been upgraded into junior colleges with current tally now at 83. This upgradation will benefit 8,000 more students for admissions into various Intermediate courses. Currently, more than 1.03 lakh students are receiving education and boarding facilities in the 204 institutions.
To inculcate scientific temper among students at a tender age, the Society has initiated a basic engineering programme and also set up robotic and skill labs in its schools becoming the first schools in government sector to have such labs. Within a couple of years into the inception of these institutions, six students got selected for the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration’s (NASA) International Space Development Conference held in the US in 2018!
It also introduced ‘Happiness Curriculum, the Joyful Connect’, a value-based curriculum, in its residential schools, which aims at transforming students into responsible, caring, and contributing citizens besides helping them stay motivated and happy. The curriculum focuses on five core values including integrity, respect, responsibility, empathy and fairness. Students in these institutions are also provided vocational training in plumbing and electrical, robotics and AI.
Apart from regular academics, girl students are imparted training in self-defence besides being given counselling to overcome other issues they may face in life.
Competitive entrance tests
The Society through its institutions provides coaching for various competitive examinations like JEE Main and Advanced on a par with private and corporate colleges. During 2019-20, four students cleared the JEE Main, two qualified in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test and four students joined the BTech courses through TS EAMCET. The number of students clearing various competitive exams went up this year with 16 clearing the JEE Main, while one student qualified in the JEE Advanced, 65 cleared TS EAMCET engineering stream and 11 qualified in the TS EAMCET AM stream.
Role model for other States
With its exemplary performance, these institutions have become a role model for other States. In fact, officials from the Centre, from other States like Andhra Pradesh, Assam, West Bengal and Bihar have studied the model of TMR Schools.
Amenities free of cost
Two pairs of school uniform, sports dress with shoes and socks, cosmetic kit with 12 items, stationery, textbooks and notebooks
Facilities: Bunker cots, dual desks, dining tables, RO plants, incinerators, TVs, digital classrooms, robotic labs, science labs etc
Food: Chicken – six times monthly, mutton – twice monthly, boiled egg – five days a week, milk with boost, seasonal fruits, evening snacks, millet biscuits etc
Health: •Screening of all students
•Centralised health monitoring system
•24-hour medical care
•Sports kits (Indoor and Outdoor)
•Summer camps, rock climbing, horse riding, rifle shooting, lawn tennis, sailing etc
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