14,500 schools to be developed and upgraded across the country
PM-Shri School will also provide leadership to other schools in the region
PM-Shri schools will have a glimpse of all the components of the National Education Policy
New Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday announced the Pradhan Mantri Schools for Rising India (PM-Shri) scheme on the occasion of Teachers’ Day. Under this, 14,500 schools will be developed and upgraded across the country. The Prime Minister said that PM-Shri would be a modern, transformative and holistic way of imparting education in schools. According to him, through this, special attention will also be given to the latest technology, smart classes, sports and modern infrastructure.
The Prime Minister said that the National Education Policy has brought about massive changes in the education sector. He expressed hope that PM-Shri School will benefit lakhs of students across the country. Let’s know in detail about this scheme….
What is PM-Shri Yojana?
According to the Ministry of Education, this scheme will be called PM Shree School (PM School for Rising India). Under this, 14,500 schools across states and union territories will be upgraded to reflect the salient features of NEP, 2020. According to the English newspaper Indian Express, this plan was first discussed with the education ministers of the states and union territories during a conference organized by the education ministry in June in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had then said that this initiative would be taken forward in consultation with the states.
What are the salient features of NEP in school education?
The NEP envisages a teaching style divided into different stages – basic, elementary, middle and secondary. The foundational years (pre-school and grades I, II) will include sports-based learning. At the elementary level (III-V), light textbooks are to be introduced along with some formal classroom teaching. Subject teachers are to be introduced at the middle level (VI-VIII). The Secondary stage (IX-XII) will be multi-disciplinary in nature comprising of Arts and Science or other subjects.
What is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme?
A Centrally Sponsored Scheme is one where the cost of implementation is shared between the Central Government and the States/UTs in the ratio of 60:40. For example, Mid Day Meal Scheme (PM Nutrition) or PM Awas Yojana are centrally sponsored schemes. In the case of northeastern states, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir and union territories without a legislature, the contribution of the Center can go up to 90 per cent.
How will PM SHRI schools be different from Kendriya Vidyalayas or Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas?
Kendriya Vidyalayas or Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas come completely under the Union Ministry of Education. They are fully funded by the central government under central sector schemes. Whereas KVs largely take children of central government employees posted in states and union territories. JNVs were established for the brightest students in the rural parts of the country. In contrast, PM Shree Schools will be an upgrade of existing schools run by the Centre, States, Union Territories and local bodies. This essentially means that PM Shree schools can either be run by KVs, JNVs, state government schools or even municipal corporations
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FIRST PUBLISHED : September 07, 2022, 15:05 IST