Model and Smart Corporation Schools in Chennai 

The “Model & SMART Corporation Schools” is a comprehensive holistic school-transformation programme launched by the Chennai Smart City Limited (CSCL) and the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC). It is jointly funded by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the European Union (EU) and the CSCL.

The project attempts to reimagine and reinvent the education experience of children attending the Chennai Corporation Schools, with an aim of enhancing learning experience, improving learning achievements and making children future-ready. Through this project, it is envisaged to create an enriching, interesting and fun-filled learning environment in schools, where experimental and experiential learning is encouraged, and logical thinking is fostered.

The project is expected to improve the lives of low-income households, by providing an improved and elevated education experience for the next generation children. The project will provide a much-needed facelift and repositioning of Chennai Corporation Schools as the first-choice schooling option, by nudging citizens to alter their perception and preference positively towards the Greater Chennai Corporation-run/ managed schools.

The principal objective of the project is to transform the school education across Chennai Schools currently catering to over 89,000 students from low-income households. The six transformation areas that will guide reform initiatives, under this program, to be implemented across the project schools within the management of GCC is depicted pictorially hereunder:

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DIAGRAM 1: Transformation Areas as Identified by CSCL/GCC


The project is designed to holistically transform 45 Chennai Schools in a phased manner, while specialised components, such as teacher training and sports coaching will be implemented across all the 281 Chennai Schools. It is also conceived that based on the initial success, the holistic transformation will also be extended to more schools and finally to all Chennai Schools.


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Physical Infrastructure

Vibrant Educational Ecosystem, State-of-the-Art Learning Facilities, 21st Century Learning Facility, Sports Infrastructure, Green Campus


Digital Infrastructure

Digital/ Smart Classrooms, Smart & Safe Campus, Digital Gadgets for Students, Smart Governance


Blended Learning, Deep Learning, Personalised Adaptive Learning, Teacher Capacity Building


Extra-Curricular Activities

Sports Infrastructure, Specialised Coaching, Personality Development, Students'Counseling


Leadership Development, Proficiency in ICT4E, Language and STEM Proficiency, Next-Gen Approaches to Pedagogy, Educational Tour


NGO Partnership for Complementing, Corporate Sponsorship for Scale-up, Convergence with Government Initiatives


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