After a long wait, the government of Bihar focused on Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s dream project Simultala Awasiya Vidyalaya (SAV) – a unique learning abode in a picturesque hamlet bordering Jharkhand where the elite have spent months in the sprawling villas that still exist. . The project is touted as Bihar’s response to the pride of the undivided state Netarhat Vidyalay.
The government also decided to develop ‘Swastho Kothi’, where Swami Vivekanand once lived to recover from an illness, as an attraction for visitors and a source of inspiration for students. The premises where the campus is being developed also include “Swastho Kothi”.
Last month Education Minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary, Additional Chief Secretary (Education) Sanjay Kumar, Director (Secondary Education) Manoj Kumar, General Manager of Bihar State Education Infrastructure Company Shrikant Shastri, among others, reached Simultala by helicopter for on-site review of infrastructure development work and interaction with faculty, staff and students to get a first-hand view of the realities on the ground to take immediate action needed to make it an institution that sets the tone as envisaged.
“The school has done well when it comes to its results on the Bihar Board of Trustees, but the broader goal of holistic education through the Gurukul system to prepare students for future challenges in various fields does not has not yet been achieved. It was put in place to fill the void, which was felt after Netarhat Vidyalaya traveled to Jharkhand following a fork. There are some issues, which will be worked on, viz. infrastructure development, shortage of teachers and staff, etc. The students also gave their comments and highlighted the shortcomings that need to be corrected, ”the minister said.
In Niti Aayog’s SDG India 2020-21 index, Bihar was again judged to be the worst performing. The School Education Quality Index (SEQI) is developed to assess the performance of States and Union Territories (UT) in the school education sector.
Choudhary said a site visit was scheduled to take stock of the issues and help the institution achieve its stated goal as it is close to the heart of the Chief Minister and was set up with the aim of giving a platform for talented students. to make their mark.
“There are some limits right now. Construction of the building has just started. As regards the vacant posts, they will be filled as soon as possible. Student grievances will be resolved and officials will be on site soon to provide positive solutions. ‘Swastho Kothi’ will be protected and developed to inspire the current generation. I visited the place. A statue of Swami Vivekanand will also be installed to make it an additional attraction for the SAV and a source of inspiration for the students, ”he added.
Swami Vivekanand spent two weeks at ‘Swastho Kothi’ in 1887 to recover his health. The place has now been taken over by the government on lease to develop the school’s campus. Earlier, some villagers had met with local lawmaker Damodar Rawat to ask him to keep the rich heritage intact. With the assurance of the Minister to continue to develop it as a source of inspiration, this problem has been solved.
Since its creation in 2010, the boarding school, with an annual reception of 120 students (60 boys and 60 girls) through a statewide screening test, operates from rented buildings with prefabricated structures, although the SAV project was originally due to be completed by March 2012. Now the new deadline for campus development is February 2023 and the minister has asked the contractors to speed up the work so that the deadline is not exceeded. Work began during the Covid-19 pandemic.
In its first 10 Class Council exams in 2015, 19 SAV students scored over 96% – a record since the Bihar School Examination Council was established in 1952. A year later, the 42 top 10 students were from SAV. Although the same performance could not be sustained, he remains the best performer in the state. The government devotes a large budget to the after-sales service, of which the other public schools are private. Initially, it was planned to make SAV a CBSE affiliate school to allow students to compete nationally, but later it stuck on the Bihar board. Netarhat has now switched to CBSE. Earlier, a CAG report also pointed out some issues, including the lack of a SAV Society report.