Andhra Pradesh launches ‘Nadu-Nedu’ programme
Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has launched the ‘Nadu-Nedu’ programme which seeks to transform government schools into vibrant and competitive institutions. The programme is set to turn a new leaf over education sector and will provide opportunities to weaker sections and underprivileged.
Objective: To transform all government schools with required infrastructure and up-gradation of skills besides setting up of English labs in addition to providing basic amenities such as clean environs, running water, furniture, compound wall, blackboard, toilets, renovation and involve parent committee.
Phase 1: In first phase, the scheme will be implemented in 15,715 schools and will cover all schools in three years’ time.
The scheme has a budget of Rs.12,000 crores and for the first year, Rs.3,500 crores will be spent for the development of infrastructure.
Under the programme English medium will be introduced in Classes 1 to 6. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister highlighted that many people benefit from switching to English language from Telugu. He also stated that the decision was taken after due consideration and visualizing what our future generation requires in new age of Artificial Intelligence(AI) and Robotics.
Need: The 2011 census revealed that Andhra Pradesh’s illiteracy rate is 33% and thus to uplift marginalised sections the state have to take bold decisions such as switching over to English medium. English medium schools are needed to prepare the future generation of students to boldly face and meet up requirements of highly dynamic and technology-driven world.
The Andhra government will soon be introducing Amma Vodi on 9 January 2019, where they will incentivize mothers to send their children to school. His government will also take care of fees reimbursement in all degree and professional colleges and there will be 1-year training for youth to gear up for jobs.
Apart from this, a skill development university will be set up and under its umbrella, all 25 Skill Development Centres (SDC) will function to have an interface with education and industry.