shaktimanThe personalities of children in Mumbai may soon be moulded along that of the fictional superhero, Shaktiman, if a certain proposal lying on the BMC desk gets a nod. Mukesh Khanna — popular among children for his role in the television series Shaktiman — has requested the civic body to allot him a vacant municipal school building at Jogeshwari (east). He said the school will impart to students the “teachings of Shaktiman” and stress will be laid on developing the child’s personality.

The vacant building at Mogra Village has been constructed on a 15,000 sq ft plot by a private builder. The building is to be handed over to the BMC’s education department as the plot has been reserved for school education.

Last week Khanna met municipal commissioner Dr Jairaj Phatak and deputy municipal commissioner Chandrashekhar Rokde. Khanna wants the BMC to help him in his endeavour to spread quality education by leasing the building to him for 30 years. “I plan to open a school in Mumbai, with the aim of using the income from this school for at least four free schools in rural areas in the state, which will provide education at par with private schools,” he said.

Khanna is associated with the Dolphin Foundation that has 22 schools in Raipur and surrounding towns in Chattisgarh. “I want the [Mumbai] project to materialise soon. We have been corresponding with the civic body for the last two months,” he said. Khanna’s will be a private school from pre-primary to Class 10 and will seek affiliation from the CBSE. He feels the present education system can be made stress-free by including sports, music, dance and other activities that will enhance the overall personality of a child.

Rokde said, “We will examine the possibility of starting a civic school first. If we find that there are enough BMC schools in the area and there is no possibility of new students enrolling then we can think about Khanna’s proposal.”

Reporter – GEETA DESAI , TNN

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