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Indian state to set up a school at every km

Mumbai, India: Using GIS, the school education department of the Maharashtra State Government in India mapped the entire state’s rural regions and plans to set up a primary school at every kilometre, the state’s education minister Rajendra Darda announced.
“We have done a meticulous school mapping with the help of GIS and tagged all the schools in the Google Earth map as per district and tehsil,” the minister said. “As per the norms of the Right to Education (RTE), the mapping has been done for earmarking schools, with a primary school to be located at every kilometre, a secondary school to be located every three kilometres and a higher secondary school to be located every five kilometres,” he said.
The minister added, “A district information school education code will be generated to link it up with the census figures. This will make it easier for us to take decisions on the basis of a particular village’s population.” 
The plan has been prepared through Maharashtra Remote Sensing Application Centre (MRSAC), Nagpur and Maharashtra Primary Education Council, Mumbai and education director (primary) and education director (secondary and higher secondary).
“District-wise details of the plan are open to public and they can send us their objections and suggestions in this regard with testimonials,” Darda continued. The objections and suggestions can be sent to the education officer (primary and secondary) of the district concerned by July 26, 2011, and a copy of it to the deputy director concerned.
Source: www.dnaindia.com