Odisha Targets To Transform 3,300 Schools By Mar ’22 In Second Phase

Bhubaneswar: The first phase of the school transformation programme under the 5T initiative which started in the month of August from Hinjilikat concluded amid an impressive cultural performance by the students of Biraja High School, Jajpur and fireworks display.

While the transformation of 1,078 schools in 30 districts has been completed in the first phase, it is targeted to transform 3,300 schools in the second phase by Biju Patnaik’s birth anniversary in March 2022, said an official press release.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today dedicated 240 transformed schools in Koraput, Gajapati, Dhenkanal, Angul, Bargarh and Jajpur districts.

Speaking on the occasion, Patnaik said that it is the responsibility of all of us to help children in realising their dreams.

School transformation programme under 5T Initiative is the best example of joint cooperation, he added.

Addressing the children, the Chief Minister said that it is dreams that chart the way forward in student life.

Dreaming big and constantly striving to fulfil them is the meaning of life, he added.

The Chief Minister thanked the local MLAs, panchayat representatives, school management committees, teachers and parents for the school transformation programme.

“I want children of my State to stay ahead in every sphere. Let them bring glory in every sphere -sports, music along with studies. Let them know about new technology. See big dreams, and move ahead facing every challenge in life with confidence and stride. This is the aim of school transformation,” said Patnaik addressing the children.

For success in life it is the school that lays the foundation, he added.

The Chief Minister stated that this school transformation programme has overcome the difference between schools in cities and villages.

Village schools now have the environment that is available in select schools in the cities, he added.

“Another important thing is to make your dreams of becoming engineers and doctors come true, the State government has reserved 15% of seats for students from government schools,” the Chief Minister said.

“The country’s future is built in schools. There is a saying that Children constitute one-third of our population, but all of our future. The time spent in schools is the most significant period in one’s life. So it is our responsibility to create opportunities for the development of their talents,” Patnaik elaborated.

Highlighting on the 5-Ts, Naveen said, “Technology, Teamwork, Time, Transparency, and Transformation are the pillars of this initiative. With technology, we have smart classrooms, e-Library, computers, modern laboratories, etc. Our joint effort comes under Teamwork.”

“Time is the third principle under which we had aimed at transforming 1,075 schools by November 14, and we have succeeded in achieving it. I am happy about this.” “Transparency is the most important factor in 5-T. We discuss with people in the locality seek opinions and have discussions, take feedback and then implement it as action,” the CM added.

The Chief Minister stated that after motherland and family, school is our most important identity.

“I firmly believe that you all will study well, work as good citizens achieve success and will make our State proud in future,” he added.

Ministers Prafulla Kumar Mallick, Susant Singh, Samir Ranjan Dash, Jagannath Saraka, Padmini Dian; MP Mahesh Sahoo and others who spoke on the occasion highly praised the school transformation programme.

Moderating the programme Secretary to CM(5T) VK Pandian thanked all for timely completion of the first phase of transformation programme under instructions from the Chief Minister. Pandian sought cooperation of all for fulfilling the Chief Minister’s direction to complete the transformation of 3300 schools by March 2022.

It is pertinent to mention here that before the start of the first phase of the school transformation programme Pandian had held 7000 minutes of video conferencing with 9000 individuals connected with the development of different schools before giving a final shape to the programme.

Former Finance Minister Prafulla Chandra Ghadai who was present as alumnae in Biraja High School described the school transformation programme as a historic effort. Ghadai thanked the Chief Minister for its successful implementation and Secretary to CM (5T) for taking it forward. He opined that the programme will fulfil the dream of a prosperous Odisha.

On the occasion, the Chief Minister released the Knowledge Paper of the recommendation made by the task force on 5T school transformation.

The knowledge paper is a compendium of special guidelines for the maintenance of transformed schools.

Deputy Speaker, MLAs of various districts, Chief Secretary and senior officers participated in the programme.

While Development Commissioner PK Jena gave the welcome address, School and Mass Education Principal Secretary Satyabrat Sahoo offered the vote of thanks.