Following is an excerpt from the PIB http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=32645.
There will be 150 more Bal Bhavans next year, said Shri Arjun Singh here today. Inaugurating the International Children’s Assembly and Integration Camp on the occasion of Children’s Day, Human Resource Development Minister Shri Arjun Singh said “there are only 74 Bal Bhavans within the country that do not suffice the need of children. Therefore, our aim should be to bring up 150 more Bal Bhavans next year and one Bal Bhavan in each village in the future”.
As per http://www.nationalbalbhavan.nic.in/about_us.htm there are currently 52 Bal Bhavan Kendras in Delhi, 73 affiliated state Bal Bhavans and 11 state Bal Bhavan Kendras. Following is an excerpt from the Bal Bhavan pages describing what they are.
With the objective of reaching out to maximum number of children who cannot avail the facilities provided by the National Bal Bhavan Head Quarters, Bal Bhawan Kendras were opened in different localities of Delhi. At present there are 52 Bal Bhawan Kendras which are mostly located in Municipal Corporation of Delhi’s schools or Govt. Schools. These Kendras cater to the under privileged children living in slum areas, rural areas and re-settlement colonies. Part-time Instructors man these Kendras. The activities provided in these Kendras are usually Art & Craft, Dance, Vocal Music, Painting, Batik etc. These Kendras are attended to by school going, non-school going and drop-out children. 92% of the children enrolled with these Kendras belong to the lower income group categories.
Lets hope some of the new Bal Bhavans, which are funded by MHRD, are opened in others states, including in Orissa.
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