Abhinav Bindra plans to set up 50 schools in 5 yrs
After hitting the bulls eye in Bejiing, India's sole individual Olympic gold medallist Abinav Bindra is training his eyes on setting up to 50 schools across the country in the next five years.?

The schools to be run under the banner of Abhinav Bindra Ace Public School (ABAPS) will have sports as the main focus.?

"We are trying to set up ABAPS across the country. Our aim is to give a unique balance between sports and studies. Sports would be an integral part of our extra curricular activities," Abhinav sporting trust managing trustee A S Bindra said.?

He said the trust plans to set up around 50 schools within the next five year and the first school is likely to come up by 2010 in Bangalore.?

"Our plan is to set up around 50 schools across the country. The first 3-4 schools would be managed by ourselves but the rest, we are considering to franchise it," he said.?

Bindra said while the Karnataka government has already given 50-80 acres land for the purpose, it is still in the process of acquiring land in other states like Kerala, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand and Chandigarh.?

"We have acquired 50-80 acre land in Bangalore. The construction of the school would begin in another 3-4 months time. In the next 2-3 years period we plan to open around 4-5 schools. For that we are in the process of acquiring land in the other states also," he said.?

ABAPS would have a capacity of around 800 residential students and would impart education from the 6th to 12th standard.?

Bindra said the trust is in talks with various international bodies and agencies and NGOs to finance the schools.