Education city planned for heart of Maoist stronghold

Chhattisgarh state officials have announced a plan to build a teaching complex, to be called Education City, in a forest that is a Maoist rebel stronghold where 75 paramilitary troops were killed in an ambush two years ago, reports the Indo-Asian News Service.

The 61-hectare campus will house 15 schools and colleges that will cater to 5,000 students from poor and tribal families. The project's goal is to train people who "not only understand the area's needs but also fill the gap between supply and availability of a skilled workforce”, said Omprakash Choudhary, the district magistrate of Dantewada who conceived the project.

The campus is being built in Dantewada, a forested region in the southern tip of the state. The region is known for its Maoist insurgency, which reached a peak in April 2010 when 75 paramilitary troopers were killed in an ambush at their camp. Education City is expected to be completed in 18 months.
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