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Intl school coming up near Hyderabad

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A GROUP of `disgruntled parents' belonging to the Andhra Pradesh industrial houses are setting up a world-class co-educational residential school near Manneguda on Hyderabad-Vikarabad road.

The school, coming up on a sprawling 32-acre campus at an initial cost of Rs 4 crore, would commence operations next academic year.

The school — Parkwood School International - would have 60,000 sq ft of academic block, 50,000 sq ft of residential halls, 18,000 sq ft of dining complex and staff apartments.

It would also have over 12 acres of sports facilities, comprising one cricket field with six practice pitches, seven tennis courts, five basketball courts, two football fields, four volleyball courts, one jogging and cycling track, one swimming pool, ten table tennis tables, three badminton courts, two squash courts and facilities for athletics, roller skating tracks and obstacle courses.

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, the Parkwood School Chairman, Dr Aminuddin Khan, and Director, Mr M.S. Ayub, said a two-tiered indoor stadium, a 1,000-seater amphitheatre, a 10-roomed guesthouse and a 1,000-seater auditorium would be in place in the next phase.

The entire campus was being designed and built to international quality and safety norms, they said.

Aiming to build an environment friendly campus, they were putting in place solar heating systems, rainwater harvesting, effluent treatment plant for waste recycling and vermicomposting.

The school, which would offer the choice of either the CBSE system or the International General Certificate of Secondary Education, UK (IGCSE), would begin the admission process for the ensuing academic year from November 14 onwards.

The school project has been taken up by the parents who felt that none of the residential schools had international level facilities. "The academic methodologies and systems are planned to develop the ability to think not only vertically but also laterally. It has been accepted globally that lateral and vertical thinking skills are complementary and are essential to progress creatively," Dr Khan said.

According to Mr Ayub, the school would extensively use technology in imparting education and allowing students, teachers and parents to monitor progress and access information.

Apart from an advanced computer resource lab for academics, networked computer stations were being made available to students and teachers all over the campus.

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