Cabinet approves a new centrally sponsored Scheme – PM SHRI Schools (PM ScHools for Rising India)

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Source: The post is based on the articleCabinet approves a new centrally sponsored Scheme – PM SHRI Schools (PM ScHools for Rising India)published in PIB on 7th September 2022

What is the News?

The Union Cabinet has approved the PM SHRI Schools (PM ScHools for Rising India) Scheme. 

What is the PM SHRI Scheme?

Nodal Ministry: Ministry of Education

Type: Centrally Sponsored Scheme

Aim: To upgrade and develop more than 14500 schools across the country as PM SHRI Schools by strengthening select existing schools being managed by Central Government/ State/ UT Government/ local bodies. These schools will also showcase all components of the National Education Policy 2020. 

Duration Period: 2022-23 to 2026-27.

What will be the key features of PM SHRI Schools?

PM SHRI schools will provide high-quality education in an equitable, inclusive and joyful school environment.

These schools will provide leadership to other schools in their respective regions by providing mentorship.

The schools will be developed as Green schools. The focus will be on the learning outcomes of every child in every grade.

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

Implementation Strategy: The scheme would be implemented through the existing administrative structure available for Samagra Shiksha, KVS & NVS. The other autonomous bodies would be involved on a specific project basis as required.

Selection of Schools: Selection of PM SHRI schools will be done through Challenge Mode wherein Schools compete for support to become exemplar schools. Schools would be required to self-apply on the online portal. The portal will be opened four times a year, once every quarter, for the first two years of the scheme.

The Elementary schools & the Secondary/ Sr. Secondary Schools managed by Centre/State/UT Governments / local self-governments having UDISE+ code would be considered for selection under the Scheme.  

Note: Schools will be selected only if the State government agrees to implement the NEP in its entirety with the Centre.

Beneficiaries: More than 18 lakh students are expected to be direct beneficiaries of the scheme. Further, the impact will be generated through the mentoring and handholding of the schools in the vicinity of PM SHRI schools.

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