New Delhi: Children of construction workers in Delhi will no longer have to give up their dreams of quality higher education with the AAP government all set to introduce a first-of-its kind "academic centre" dedicated to them which will offer free of cost coaching.
The proposed centre will come up at Jhilmil area in East Delhi and will offer coaching classes for civil service examination, medical and engineering entrances and other competitive examinations.
At present, there are 2.81 lakh registered building construction workers - plumbers, masons, electricians, painters and others - in the national capital.
"We have proposed to set up a dedicated academic centre for the children of building construction workers at Jhilmil Colony.
"With such centre, government will provide opportunity to these children who often give up their study midways due to financial problems of their families," said a senior government official.
'Delhi Building and Other Construction Workers' Welfare Board' has prepared a proposal in this regard and a land to build "academic centre" was also got for the project.
According to a government official, Raju and Brijesh - sons of a daily wager - cracked the IIT Advanced examinations last month, but their father did not have money for admission. However, later several fianancial help poured in to bear the expenses of their admission.
"Government will bear the expenses of coaching for the children of construction workers so that they don't have to compromise with their careers. We will provide teachers from best universities and colleges to them," the official said.