Mayank Wadhwa, a summer intern who participated in the Summer Research Internship Program 2001 of the Centre for Civil Society in New Delhi, has written a very interesting note titled Licenses to Open a School: It's All About Money.
Mayank has researched the various licenses, certificates, clearances, documents and the funds required to start a school in Delhi and presented his findings. I'm sure it wouldn't be any different in other parts of India. I thought I knew it would be quite a challenge to set up a school, let alone a chain of schools, but the note has been been an eye opener. Given that schools are compulsorily to be run as charity in India, I've always wondered what motivates people to set up schools, and it makes me wonder all the more now. My respect for those who have managed to successfully run not just one school, but a growing chain of schools has gone up a few notches.
We need to come up with a school model that wouldn't require all those licenses, certificates, clearances and documents and I think the skeleton of the operational model is already in place, thanks to the Centre for Learning (CFL) outside Bangalore. In earlier posts, I had described the CFL model and how we could build on the CFL model to try and turn it into a viable sustainable model.