Fifty new Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) will be established across the country to provide quality education to around 50,000 students with the Cabinet giving a go ahead to the project. The schools, which will be set up under the civil/defence sector for classes 1 to 5, will "provide quality education to approximately 50,000 students in addition to around 12 lakh students already studying in present KVs," an official statement said. The new KVs for which 650 regular posts will be created, will "address the educational needs of eligible students with high quality standards and will play a role of pace-setting educational institutions in the districts concerned," it said. By providing a common syllabus and system of education, the KVs are intended to ensure that the children of government employees do not face education disadvantages while their parents are transferred from one location to another. The schools have been operational for over fifty years. At least 4-acre of land is required in a city and beyond that in other areas for setting up of a Kendriya Vidyalaya. Other norms include concentration of 500 employees in defence or Central government and minimum potential enrollment of 200 children for classes I to IV. "The school grows every year with addition of one more higher class and, when the school grows upto class XII and becomes a full fledged school with two sections in each class, there shall be a requirement of about 4,000 regular posts of various categories including around 2,900 teaching posts and about 1,100 non-teaching posts," it said. The total project cost based on Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) norms for the proposed 50 new KVs is Rs 1,160 crore. There are at present 1,142 functional Kendriya Vidyalayas under the KVS including three abroad at Moscow, Kathmandu and Tehran.
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