Pune: After remaining abandoned for over 15 years, the Pune Cantonment Board (PCB)-run Veer Savarakar Pre-primary Marathi School near Bhimpura is likely to restart as an English medium school. The PCB laid the foundation stone of the new school building on Thursday.
The school remained shut for over a decade because of its dilapidated condition that threatened the safety of schoolchildren. The students were then shifted to Maharashi Annasaheb Shinde Primary School at New Modikhana and the Ravindranath Tagore Primary School in old Modikhana.
However, the new proposed school will have a primary section in English Medium, along with value-added education such as e-learning, smart classes, e-library, in order to encourage students from low-income groups to go the digital way. The school is likely to be completed by early 2019.
“E-learning will cater to the students to visualise the concepts of various topics and will also encourage them to learn and memorise the subjects easily. E-library will help the students to take books at the click of the mouse, it will also help them to search the topics and the books easily. Smart classes will improve teacher effectiveness and productivity in class. It brings abstract and difficult curriculum concepts to life. Makes learning an enjoyable experience for students. Improves academic performance of students,” said Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PCB, DN Yadav.
Yadav added that considering the structural stability of the building, which had deteriorated badly, the need to reconstruct the building was initiated.
“Since the building is located in the densely populated areas of Bhimpura, Kumbhar Bawadi and Pahadi area, there was a need for primary school building within the vicinity,” he said.
PCB officials stated that it is a self-financed project. The construction involves stilt plus three upper floors. The space on the ground level will be used as children playground and used for other activities of the school. The building will be structurally designed to be earthquake resistant. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 2.54 crore.