In the wake of the infrastructural crisis to modern education, the district administration of West Singhbhum in Jharkhand under the leadership of Deputy Collector Aditya Ranjan (IAS) and Arava Rajkamal (IAS) has played a vital role in reviving the standard of learning in the state.
The district administration with its impeccable approach to uplift the education standard has launched several initiatives at the zonal level. One such initiative is the ‘Integrated Internship Program’ under which a number of undergraduate and postgraduate students from various universities have registered themselves to contribute to the task. It’s a bi-sided learning process, one side they are getting an opportunity to deliver their skills and on the other side, they are learning professionalism. Till now a total of 46 students including professionals are serving as interns on allocated projects to make it a reality. They are covering the areas of elementary education, malnutrition, public distribution system, livelihood, health and exposure to science and computer to cater to the growing need of the modern education system. Another such approach is the ‘Wonders on Wheel’ initiative by which the administration is targeting education at the doorstep. Under this, the bridging agents (interns) are ferrying education to the remotest areas by conducting special weekly classes, seminars, and exclusive vocational courses to benefit a large chunk of the rural population.
The ‘Model School’ initiative is another success tale under the ambit of the ‘District Action Plan’ to revitalize the existing education system. Infrastructure is the key to access education wholly, they should go parallel to each other to get the maximum output. Under this initiative, the district administration has equipped all the government schools with all sorts of necessary infrastructure to facilitate an integrated learning platform. Fresh libraries have been added to proliferate the process of learning along with playgrounds to instill excellence in sports. They also get exposure to healthy sanitation activities and in-situ farming within the campus to meet the demands of their daily hygiene. The initiative is now a full-flagged success story and has also been decentralized to the lower community level in the form of ‘Model Aaganbadis’ and ‘Model Village’ centers. This has raised the participation of students and local people towards healthy living and has brought a sense of leadership and awareness among them.
The Chaibasa town is now emerging as an epicenter of integrated learning. This indeed looks difficult, but the persistent efforts of interns along with wholehearted support from the administration have made it a blistering tale of success.