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May 17, 2018 Thursday 11:46:10 AM IST

'Mo School' Programme Gets Good Response from Alumni Across the World

Policy Indications

Bhubaneswar: 'Mo school'- a programme launched by Odisha government on November 14 last year has got good response with alumni based in India and abroad. 'Mo school' campaign to promote and facilitate volunteerism to give back to their alma maters. Old students' contributions are flooding for the development of the school. The government is planning to form a governing council and district and block level committees to speed up and proper implementation of the programme.

"An interest has been generated among the alumni staying in Australia, USA, Europe and several other countries for the Mo School scheme. In the month of June, July and August an awareness campaign will be launched in 30 districts of Odisha while an international campaign will be organised between September and November this year," said Susmita Mohanty, chairperson of Mo School campaign. She met the chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday and discussed about the progress in the scheme.

The main objective of the programme is to involve alumni, old boys' associations and social organisations and general public for the development of education system in the state. As many as 100 eminent personalities from different sectors have been selected as chief patrons of the scheme, who will contribute for the development of their schools.

"Under the programme alumni can contribute for their schools for developing its infrastructure in terms of library, science laboratory, scholarships, coaching facilities for students, facilities to improve their mental and physical health, gardens, parks, and several other ways," said an officer in the school and mass education department.

Presently the programme is being operated through district collectors. 

Under the programme an initial a corpus fund of Rs 100 crores has been allocated. Whatever will be the contribution in terms of funds for developing a school, the state will contribute double the amount from the corpus, official sources said.

(Indebted to various sources)

To what extend the old students can help their alma mater?