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Delhi govt schools to have ‘hobby hubs’, students to be trained in instruments & music

NEW DELHI: A total of 46 Delhi-based government schools are going to set up ‘hobby hubs’ and have already been allotted individual academies and NGOs to grant training to their students in activities such as musical instruments, classical music, and photography. These hobby hubs have been set up under the scheme known as “involving private academies and individual NGOs in development of music, theatre, fine arts and crafts in schools of Directorate of Education”.

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“Forty-six schools will be developed into hobby hubs and have been allotted the individual academy or NGO to impart training to the students in various categories. The permission has been granted on certain terms and conditions,” a senior official of the Directorate of Education (DoE) said. Under the scheme, each individual academy and NGO will have to obtain a Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) for their trainers before the commencement of imparting training to students in the school. “The number of days of training, as well as time duration, will be agreed upon mutually by the academy or NGO with the school principal but it should not be less than two classes per week of at least two hours duration. One room or hall will be provided on the school premises for usage. No charges will be levied on the academy or NGO on account of the usage of the school premises,” the official said.

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“No subletting, sub-leasing, or outsourcing of responsibilities shall be allowed under any circumstances. The academy or NGO shall have to declare its qualified trainer as well as an assistant trainer for a particular school to the concerned principal well in advance, before imparting training,” the official added. Under the scheme, students will be trained in Indian classical music, radio jockeying, photography, theatre, public speaking, fine arts, and coding, among others.

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