Questions & Answers
1. What are the reasons for initiating this school project?
did my schooling in Tripura and came out to Bombay for higher studies. I completed (+2 &
Bachelor Degree) from Bombay and Master Degree from Central
University of Hyderabad and received Ph.D. Degree from University of Mumbai. After completion of Ph.D. Degree I
returned home in Tipura. The local people and few
renowned officials in the State Government requested me to stay back in Tripura and do something for the disadvantaged community in
Tripura. I felt it is my moral obligation to do
something to the people of Tripura, that is, returning debt to my Native State. I know education is the backbone
for development of any society and decided to start a school project so that
the children of disadvantaged tribals can be
benefited for generations. Thus came the existence of the School and I was
given a Govt job as Asst. Professor at a Govt. Degree College near the School Project.
2. How many students and teachers are in your school?
school is in its Second Academic Year with 137 students (130 S.T. & 7
General) having classes from K.G.-I to Class-III. It is decided to upgrade
by one class every year and increase only 30 seats (intake capacity) each
year. We envisage upgrading the School up to Higher Secondary (10 + 2)
level in future for the welfare of the people of this backward zone. The
School is fully residential and has students and staff as shown below:
No. of Students/Staff
Matrons (Ayas to nurse and take
care of the children)
50 + 87 = 137
2002-03 & 2003-04
3. What is the present status of Infrastructure?
meager contribution of local people we made a humble beginning with rooms
made of traditional bamboo wall and straw roof. Except a hostel building
the remaining structures (classrooms, dinning hall, hostels, reading room,
Kitchen etc. are of temporary structure made of traditional bamboo wall
and straw roof). Tables, chairs, benches and sleeping cots are procured
from local sources (local made i.e. not purchased from market). We are
working hard to procure required infrastructure to make the school a Model
Educational Institute in Tripura. 15 Acres plot
of land is available in possession of the Trust for development of a
well-planned School Complex.
4. What are some of the difficulties in running the school?
are finding it difficult to meet the maintenance expenses and salary of
staff. Minimum honorarium is being paid to the staff due to which many of
them want to quit the job. If we increase honorarium, better teaching and
non-teaching staff can be recruited that will help for better performance
of the school.
5. What types of students are in your school (i.e. what is their
social-economic background, are they from tribal groups, are their parents
working, do they pay a fee etc.)?
98% students in our school belong to tribal community and 2% are OBC (Other
Backward Caste˝. 70% of their parents are from BPL (Below Poverty Line˝
families, 25% farmers and 5% employees (Approx.˝. We charge tuition fee Rs.
80/- per student per month which they did not pay regularly and many parents
have not paid for several months. I am donating my full salary to pay salary to
the teaching and non-teaching staff of our school. The school is providing all
required stationary items such as paper, pencil, slates, soaps, tooth-brush,
tooth-paste etc. to the students.
6. You had indicated that there was some land available for the school
which is in possession of a Trust. Could
you provide more details about the Trust?
- The School is run by a
Registered Trust, named Bahujana Hitaya Education Trust. The association (Trust˝ is
registered under Indian Trust Act. 1882 and also under Society
Registration Act. 1860). The Trust has formed a Management Committee to
monitor the functioning and maintenance of the school. In other words, we
have two-tire administration i.e. the Trust and the Management Committee.
7. We would need more details about the school and your requirements for
funding. Is funding required for
building, teacher's salaries or other things. We would also need to know the overall scope
and all requirements of your project even if you are not requesting all of the
funding from us. If there are other
agencies providing some funds, we would need to know that as well.
- The sole objective behind
starting the school in a backward zone and rural village is to cater
quality education to the underprivileged children of tribals
as most of the good schools are centered in the cities and towns where the
poor tribals and farmers can’t afford to send
their children. It is an initiative to turn the focus from cities and
towns to rural villages to develop the society through education. Our school at Manu Bankul,
South Tripura is a Residential School inaugurated on 25th May 2002. The school is in its initial stage of
development. We are having classes from KG-I to Class –II this year and
envision to upgrade the school up to Degree
College Level by upgrading one class every year. I have started the school
project by the small savings I had and meager contribution from local
people. Hostels, Dinning Hall, Kitchen, Classrooms and office are
temporary structures built with bamboo wall and straw roof. Last year we
received a building from the Govt. under BADP scheme which is being used
as a hostel. This hostel can’t accommodate all the 130 boarders. We need
2/3 more hostels to provide proper accommodation to them. This year we
received another building (with 5 classrooms˝ from the Govt. under the same
scheme but construction is yet to start. The Dept. of Tribal Welfare,
Govt. of Tripura has sanctioned stipend to 130
ST boarders @ Rs. 450/- per student per month
but the amount is not yet released.
- To tell you frankly, I need
almost everything to develop the project into a good school. I can
probably categorize the requirement as given below:
1. Building & furniture
2. Salaries for teaching & non-teaching staff
3. A School Bus
4. Maintenance cost
Out of the above cited 4 items, buildings and furniture may require quite
huge amount of money. I don’t know whether it will be fair on my part to
ask fund for that. We need to have the following buildings:
1. A building with classrooms, office,
2. Hostel building (2 Nos.˝
3. Dinning Hall & kitchen
4. A library building
5. A Multipurpose Hall
6. A guest house
7. Staff quarters
8. Dispensary (Health Center˝
We have not received any fund so far from any agency except
stipend for 130 students from the Dept. of Welfare for Scheduled Tribes, Govt.
8. If you are requesting funds for a building, then we need to know the
plans from start to completion including maintenance after completion and
milestones when payments would be required.
- We have drawn a comprehensive
Master Plan to develop the school project into a full-fledged Residential School and a Degree College in next 10 years. The Total
estimated cost for construction of buildings is Rs.
3,095,7,000/-. Abstract of cost estimate is given
below for your kind information. Construction can be taken up in phases
and complete in 4 years. Detail
estimate could be furnished if it is asked for.
ABSTRACT OF COST ESTIMATE
1. School building (classrooms, office rooms,
Lab. Etc.) Rs. 42,56,000/-
2. Hostel (200 seated) 2 Nos. Rs. 87,42,000/-
3. Dinning Hall and Kitchen Rs. 6, 88,000/-
4. Library Rs. 35,00,000/-
5. Multipurpose Hall and Auditorium
6. Guest House Rs. 25,00,000/-
7. Staff Quarter (2 Nos.) Rs. 52,00,000/-
8. Dispensary (Health Center) Rs. 5,10,000/-
Total: Rs. 3,095,7,000/-
9. Have you registered according to the FCRA (Foreign Currencies regulation
Act)? This is not essential for
receiving the funds but is helpful and therefore we are asking the question.
Bahujana Hitaya Education
Trust is registered under FCRA.