Ahmedabad Municipal School Board is planning to allow corporate houses to adopt municipal schools in the city. ‘Adopt a School’ is one of the initiatives mentioned in the Rs 887 crore budget presented by the AMC school board on Friday. It is expected to be funded by a Rs 559.11 crore grant from the state government and Rs 327.88 crore from AMC’s kitty for 2022-23.

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The school board stated in the budget that Rs 12.85 crore has been set aside for academic initiatives. “It is for the first time that the AMC school board has made a provision to allow corporate houses to adopt schools. Apart from this, the school board has also proposed to start Signal Schools by converting AMTS buses into mobile or signal schools: This is an effort to bring homeless children into the formal education system,” said school board administrator Lagdhir Desai. Desai said the idea is to rope in corporate houses in academic activities.

“They will not have to run the entire school, but can help us in bridging the gaps, whether it is about adequate number of teachers required or anything else. Through the Signal Schools, effort is to bring underprivileged kids to school,” he said. About 1.59 lakh students are enrolled in 443 municipal schools in Ahmedabad, with some 3,999 teachers educating them. The board will plant one lakh trees to mark 100 years of its setting up. It will launch a drive to adopt trees and start the Swami Vivekananda Quiz as part of the celebration.

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