Bihar has gone in election mode. Every political party and group will come out its manifesto, the list of their promises, plans and programmes to bring the heaven on this earth if elected. I wish for a change, it could be a single point manifesto by all the parties.
Can providing quality education in the next five years be made a single point manifesto for Bihar by all? And here is the way, it can be planned and achieved.
Let all the 243 MLAs get established at least one new model school (as defined by the central government) up to class XII or an ITI in their constituency and take the responsibility of its sustained operation. Can at least the educated voters demand and take a commitment from the candidates during their campaign? Each member of legislative council must also do the same in their constituencies. For those selected for the cabinet, the number may be higher.
1. The new state government will exert and get all the plans of the union government for setting up educational institutes executed fast by facilitating it without creating any trouble. For example, the union cabinet has already given its consent to open 1,728 residential schools (1,073 Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas for girls and 655 co-ed residential schools for homeless and street children) in backward areas at a cost of Rs 3,808 crore. A large number of them can come in Bihar’s quota because of its backwardness.
2. Prominent personalities of Bihar must assist the projects such as Chandrasekaran’s S41 realized: Chardrasekaran wants to build and run 6,000 state-of-the-art schools in rural India, about 10 each in 600 districts over the next 10 years. MB Verma, the former programme director for the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) project, from Bihar signed on with the S4I project in Bihar. Can many more like Mr. Verma come up in to take this “tremendous challenge”?
3. The new government permits each SP and DM of the districts, each IAS officers of the rank of secretary and above of Bihar to take initiative to get set up one or more schools in rural Bihar as an additional task. With all the networking and relations, it will certainly be a doable philanthropic task. Let the officers get the institutes named after their parents as incentive. Bihar should not mind some leaks in the process.
4. Let every Principal of prominent affiliated colleges also take up any such initiative through public donation for expanding education. The faculty of the colleges can certainly adopt some five to ten rural schools for improving its management.
5. Each engineering college must strive for expanding its capacity and taking at least 5 ITIs under its wing.
6. All big temple trusts must take up the task of education as mandatory.
7. As it appears the central government very soon may make it mandatory for all companies to invest 2% of their net profit in corporate social responsibility (CSR). Taking the clues, why should not the new government of Bihar provide all sorts of incentive including providing government land for setting up educational institutes of all sorts to the willing industrial houses and business men?
Let the huge human resources of Bihar come out of Bihar fully educated, skilled, and employable for exploring the living in this big world. Is it not the single point manifesto that can take care of hundreds of promises and plans made in the manifestos by various political parties?
But as basic requirement, all the candidates must take a vow that they don’t believe keeping the people at large in dark, ignorant and uneducated so that their clan and kin keep on flourishing perpetually.