OdishaPlus Bureau

  • Transformation of 347 Government High Schools
  • Modern Infra at Odisha Adarsha Vidyalaya in all 17 Blocks
  • OMBADC Supports Infra Development Under Priority Sector ‘Education’

To realise the career dreams of students, the state govt is focused on energizing and strengthening the education sector. As part of the vision, government high schools and Odisha Adarsha Vidyalayas in the mining affected Sundargarh district are being modernized. Financial assistance for the same is being provided by Odisha Mineral Bearing Areas Development Corporation (OMBADC).

In the High School Transformation Prog Under 5T, various Government High Schools in Sundargarh district are being revamped and upgraded with modern facilities. Supported by OMBADC funds, smart classrooms, modern science labs, ICT labs and e-libraries have been set up in 347 high schools at the mining affected region.

Using smart board, children are engaged in lessons and learning concepts in a fun and intuitive way. Similarly, they get hands-on practical learning using latest scientific equipment available in the modern science lab. Thanks to the modern ICT labs at schools, students at the high school level are not availing digital skills. Additionally, the e-Library facility helps them learn beyond the books by facilitating information from all around the globe.

“Teachers are teaching us in school with the help of smart boards. As a result, it is easier for us to understand out subjects. Earlier we used to only read books and see pictures, now we can apply our learning on our own in the science lab. Through this, we gain more knowledge about science,” said Pooja Barua, a student of Kutra Government High School in Sundargarh district.

Development of playgrounds and provision of sports equipment in government high schools is being done with the help of the OMBADC. This gives the students an opportunity to show their sporting talent. More than 1600 government high schools across 7 mining affected districts of the state have been included in this transformation process with the help of the OMBADC.

Odisha Adarsha Vidyalaya (OAVs) are being established in each block of the district to impart quality education to rural children, following the CBSE pattern. The support Of OMBADC further strengthens the infrastructure of Odisha Adarsha Vidyalaya established in all 17 blocks of Sundargarh district.

“Today, our school has all the modern facilities that we earlier dreamt of. It helps in the all-round development of children,” said Ashish Kumar Nayak, a student of Odisha Adarsha Vidyalaya in Simdega, Sundargarh while thanking OMBADC for the facilities that have been provided.

At the OAV, hostels for both boys and girls are being constructed with OMBADC support. The children who earlier faced difficulty coming to school due to distance can today stay in the hostel and study uninterrupted. Similarly additional facilities like kitchen, dining hall and bicycle stand add value to the overall ecosystem.

“We appreciate OMBADC for their support in this program which helps in the overall development of the education sector in Sundargarh district. Due to such measures, students can develop physically, mentally and intellectually. As a result, they can establish themselves in various fields in the coming days,” said Manoj Mahajan, Chief Development Officer-Cum-Executive Officer, Zilla Parishad, Sundargarh.

Initiatives like High School Transformation, modernization of Odisha Adarsha Vidyalaya have improved the standard of education in the mining affected districts of Odisha. By supporting the cause, OMBADC helps students fulfill their future and career dreams thereby leading to a developed society.