UP: More than 1,400 students to enrol at ‘Atal residential schools’


The Atal residential schools will start taking admissions from the following academic session across the state with the goal of providing quality education to underprivileged and needy students for their overall development.

The Atal residential schools will take in around 1,440 children. There will be two sections at each school to accommodate a total of 80 students.

“About 18 ATAL residential schools are underway across the state. Out of these, work on seven has been completed. In case of delayed functioning of the remaining schools, the rest of the labourers’ kids will be given admission in the nearby functional residential school,” read an official statement.

The chief secretary, Durga Shankar Mishra, was present at a high-level meeting where it was announced that the hiring process for the principal and staff would soon start.

The Atal Residential Schools, which are being built in 18 commissionerates as part of the first phase, aim to give kids a modern education along the lines of NCERT. According to officials, these schools will be built on a 12- to 15-acre site.

“The students will be selected as per the state reservation policy.” In the initial years, the students will be selected by the CBSE. At present, the process of preparing the admission policy has been completed. After getting approval from the government, notification will be issued, and then final admission will be conducted through counselling of selected students after an exam. The examinations can be conducted in May 2023, and the final admission process is expected to be completed in June 2023,” added the statement.

Additionally, CBSE will be used for the selection of permanent employees. A principal, an administrator, and an 11-person teaching staff will be present in each school.

Following the opening of the Atal residential schools, the Mandal Sanchalan Samiti will be in charge of selecting the students as well as running and overseeing the institutions.

In a sense, the committee that oversees the admission procedure in the districts will be acting as a district-level monitoring body. The DM will serve as the committee’s vice-chairman, with the district commissioner serving as the committee’s chairman. Members of the committee will include the Navodaya and Atal Residential Schools principals as well as the Additional Commissioner for Finance or Chief Treasury Officer (chosen by the commissioner).

“Recognised as one of the pro-rural and pro-poor initiatives of the Yogi Adityanath government, the process of setting up 18 residential schools named after revered Atal Behari Vajpayee aims to give admissions to children of labourers and destitute kids. These schools will impart top-quality education to those kids who have no one to look after them and will enable them to shape their future. All schools will provide state-of-the-art education, and if a child is interested in sports, he/she will be encouraged to participate in sports activities. The government will make arrangements for accommodation and all kinds of facilities in the school,” the statement noted.