Scheme to name schools after private persons revived

Story By: Rajesh Sharma
Thursday, October, 05 2017 - 12:38

Punjab’s Department of School Education has revived the school renaming scheme in which private individuals can pay and have a government school named after them. 

However, renaming the government schools will now be a salutary practice and only in case of “those deceased who sacrificed their life for the freedom of the country or undertook great social service or made substantial contribution in the social, historical and cultural fields at the state and national levels”, states the new policy.

Earlier, anyone who donated a certain sum could have a government school renamed after his/her close ones.

The scheme was restrained by the Punjab and Haryana High Court in April 2014 with the court ruling: “Naming a public educational institution as per the choice of people who could afford to give Rs 10 lakh for a primary school, Rs 20 lakh for middle school and  Rs 25 lakh for a senior secondary school is violative of the Constitution”.

As per new guidelines, the “name of the donor will be displayed prominently in rooms, school library and lab if the donor has borne 100 per cent expenses for its construction. 


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