1 Mar 2024

Education: President Droupadi Murmu inaugurates Eklavya Model Residential School at Barsahi, Mayurbhanj, Odisha; know more about these model schools


The President of India, Smt. Droupadi Murmu, inaugurated a newly built Eklavya Model Residential School (EMRS) at Badasahi, Mayurbhanj, Odisha.

On this occasion, the President said that education is very important for the development of society. That is why the government is opening Eklavya Model Residential Schools for tribal students in  remote tribal blocks. Now it is the responsibility of parents to send the children to school.

Other dignitaries present during the occasion included Governor of Odisha, Raghubar Das, Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs and Jal Shakti, Bishweswar Tudu, among other senior dignitaries from Union and State Governments.

Eklavya Model Residential Model School (EMRS) is a flagship scheme of Government of India for imparting quality education to the tribal students. In 2019, 452 new Eklavya Residential Model Schools were sanctioned, one in every tribal block with 50% or more ST population and 20,000. 

The National Education Society for Tribal Students (NESTS), under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, is implementing this scheme. The recurring cost per student has been enhanced from Rs. 61,000 to Rs. 1,09,000 in 2019. 

The Barsahi EMRS campus is constructed in about 8 acres of land. A typical EMRS will have 16 class rooms for 480 students comprising of 240 girls and 240 boys. 

There are separate boys’ and girls’ hostels, mess, residential accommodation for Principal, teaching and non-teaching staff, administrative block, playground, computer and science laboratories. These schools will prove to be a milestone for the overall development of tribal students of this area.

The school inaugurated by Hon’ble President is one of the 25 schools constructed under the new scheme, where in the construction cost of the schools has been increased to Rs 38 cr in Plain areas and Rs 48 crore in hilly areas.  Previously President Murmu had also inaugurated school in Odisha, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. 

Union Minister for Tribal Affairs, Arjun Munda also inaugurated5 EMRS located at Tantnagar, Manjhari, Noamundi , Bansjor , Pakartanr on 26th Feb & 27th Feb 2024located at West Singhbhum and Simdega.



Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs and Jal Shakti, Shri Bishweswar Tudualso inaugurated EMRS Udala on 24th Feb 2024.

Eklavya Model Residential Schools Empowering Tribal Students Over 3-fold increase in number of Functional Eklavya Model Residential Schools since 2014 Government of India has placed significant emphasis on ensuring that Tribal students receive access to quality education.

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