Vedanta’s ‘Siksha Sambal’ initiative a boon for High School students in Kalahandi

Education Odisha

Lanjigarh: More than 1,100 students between Class-VIII and Class-X have been benefitted from the Vedanta’s ‘Siksha Sambal’ initiative in Lanjigarh area in Kalahandi district so far.

Vedanta Ltd’s Lanjigarh plant, under its corporate social responsibility flagship programme ‘Siksha Sambal’, has taken the initiative of providing pre-Matric tutorial classes in seven Government schools around its plant periphery.

Recently, a CSR team from Vedanta visited the schools and to provide encouragement and best wishes to 359 students who will be appearing the annual High School Certificate (HSC) or Matric examination from February 22.

Speaking about the project Vedanta Ltd (Lanjigarh) COO Rakesh Mohan said while Vedanta DAV International school in Lanjigarh has carved out a niche in bringing affordable English medium education to many students of Lanjigarh and Muniguda block in districts of Kalahandi and Rayagada, much focus needs to be given to strengthen the support systems in government schools that will help enhance student competencies and confidence.

Initiated in the year 2015 as a pilot project in Government High school Lanjigarh and Government SSD School at Ashrampada in Lanjigarh, the project has achieved significant success by improving the first division pass percentage from 25.5 per cent in 2015 to 48 per cent in 2018.

A total of 193 out of 203 students had successfully cleared the matriculation exam last year, where two students from Govt SSD School were able to secure more than 80 per cent marks. Buoyed with the impact of the programme, the project has been scaled up since last year to include five more Government schools covering Baniponga Education School, Govt UG High School Batelima School, Panchayat High School Chattarpur, SSD Girls High school Muniguda and SSD Ambadola.

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