The Union Education Minister recently launched the Pradhan Mantri Schools for Rising India (PM SHRI) scheme in Odisha.
About Pradhan Mantri Schools for Rising India (PM SHRI) scheme
- It is a centrally sponsored scheme by the Government of India, announced in 2022.
- Objective: Development of more than 14,500 schools across the country by strengthening the existing schools among those managed by the Central government/State/UT Government/local bodies.
- It will nurture students in such a way that they become engaged, productive, and contributing citizens for building an equitable, inclusive, and plural society as envisaged by the National Education Policy 2020.
- The duration of the scheme is from 2022-23 to 2026-27, after which it shall be the responsibility of the States/UTs to continue to maintain the benchmarks achieved by these schools.
- The total cost of the project will be Rs 27360 crore spread over a period of 5 years, which includes the central share of Rs 18128 crore.
- The selection of PM SHRI schools will be done through Challenge Mode, wherein schools compete for support to become exemplar schools.
- The selected schools will act as exemplar schools, showcasing all components of the National Education Policy 2020 (NEP) and offering mentorship to other schools in their vicinity.
- The PM SHRI Schools will be developed as Green Schools, incorporating environment-friendly aspects.
- The pedagogy adopted in these schools will be more experiential, holistic, integrated, play/toy-based (particularly in the foundational years), inquiry-driven, discovery-oriented, learner-centric, discussion-based, flexible, and enjoyable.
- The focus will be on the learning outcomes of every child in every grade.
- Assessment at all levels will be based on conceptual understanding and application of knowledge to real-life situations and will be competency-based.
- Linkage with Sector Skill Councils and local industry for enhancing employability and providing better employment opportunities will be explored.
- A School Quality Assessment Framework (SQAF) is being developed, specifying the key performance indicators to measure outcomes. A quality evaluation of these schools at regular intervals will be undertaken to ensure the desired standards.
Q1) What is a centrally sponsored scheme?
Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) are those schemes which are implemented by the state government but sponsored by the central government with a defined shareholding.