Delhi Schools

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced the establishment of “Schools of Excellence” and a new Skills Center in Delhi. (IANS photo)

NEW DELHI — Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia Dec. 29 said the government will start five "Schools of Excellence" next year, which will provide better quality education.

"These schools will impart education in English language. The admission process for nursery to Class V and Class IX and XI will be conducted under the neighborhood criteria next year," Sisoida, who also holds the education portfolio, told the media.

He said the proposal to open these schools was approved in a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. 

The schools, which will initially open in Rohini, Madanpur Khadar, Khichripur, Kalkalji and Dwarka, will begin instruction for the session starting April 2018.

"The vision of the government is to ensure at least one school of this format in each of the 29 zones of Delhi," said Sisodia.

He said the Education Department's proposal to establish a "world-class" skill center was also approved at the Cabinet meeting.

"The skill center will be set up in Jonapur Village in South Delhi district at an estimated cost of around Rs. 254 crore with an aim to provide skill development facilities at par with global standards," he said.

The center will have departments in hospitality and tourism, retail merchandising, IT and IT-enabled services, accounts, banking and finance, food processing, logistics, electronics, production and manufacturing, automobiles, and health and wellness.

Each department is proposed to have 500 seats for the year-long courses. Courses will be added or replaced per demand.

Currently, one such center is operating at ITI-Vivek Vihar with training courses available for jobs in the hospitality, retail services, software testing and finance services sectors.

The deputy chief minister also said that the government will implement the Mission of Excellence in Sports scheme, under which sports professionals will be given support for needs related to food and nutrition, sports equipment, sports kits, training and travel, boarding and lodging – both within the country and abroad – and medical facilities. 

"The quantum of support will be demand-linked but will not exceed Rs. 16 lakh per year," he added.

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