Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Udupi: Agri, horticulture, Sanskrit universities in the offing

"Rs 15 crore has been earmarked under 'Sarva shiksha abhiyaan' for the development of 95 educational institutions in Udupi district,"

Speaking after attending the foundation stone laying ceremony for the class room at Manipur Government high school here on Sunday, he said that the government is undertaking all possible measures to provide quality and skill based education in the State. As much as Rs 8,500 crore have been assigned for the purpose. The process of recruiting teachers to overcome the dearth has been adopted, he added. He said that the government is keen to set up Agriculture, Horticulture and Sanskrit Universities in the following academic year. Horticulture University will be established in Bagalkota and Sanskrit University in Bangalore, he added.

Dr Acharya also said that the educational institutions which were initiated after 1987 have been termed as perpetual non-grant institutions. But the government has allotted Rs 125 crores of grants to the educational institutions established in the year 87-92 last year and in the present academic year, the schools which were initiated in the year 93 and 94 are being considered for full grants. Rs 50 crores termed as block grant has been sanctioned to the schools established in the year 94-2007, he added.

Rs 20 lakhs has been allotted for the class room constructions in Manipur Higher Elementary school, Mr Acharya informed.

Kaup MLA Lalaji R Mendon, Udupi Zone Field Education Officer Manjunathayya, Manipur Gram Panchayat President Chandravathi Kotian and others were present. 

Village assistants to get a pay hike

Sanctioned letters for pension orders under Sandhya Suraksha Yojane were distributed by the Home Minister Dr V S Acharya here at Kuthradi Ramakrishna Bhajana Mandir Kadekaru on Saturday.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Acharya informed that the government is planning to hike the salaries of village assistants (ugrani) in the forthcoming budget. Rs 250 crores and extra Rs 60 crores of discretionary allocations have been sanctioned for the Sandhya Suraksha Yojane in this fiscal year, he added.

The administration has received nearly 38,200 applications for the scheme in the district, out of which 8000 beneficiaries have been allotted with provisions. There are as many as 134 beneficiaries under Sandhya Suraksha yojane in Kadekaru Gram Panchayath. A BPL card holder above 55 years of age is eligible for the scheme of Sandhya Suraksha Yojane. He should not own a bank account with the deposit exceeding Rs 10,000 and his annual income should be less than Rs 20,000, he added.

MLA Raghupathy Bhat, President of Gram Panchayath Kadekaru Pradeepchandra, Taluk Panchayath member Diwaker Kunder and others were present.

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