Prakash Javadekar Launches New Scheme for School Education

Prakash Javadekar visiting the exhibition at the launch of the ‘Samagra Shiksha’, in New Delhi on May 24, 2018
Prakash Javadekar visiting the exhibition at the launch of the ‘Samagra Shiksha’, in New Delhi on May 24, 2018

India’s Minister for Human Resource Development (HRD), Prakash Javadekar, launched Thursday the ‘Samagra Shiksha’ program – an integrated scheme for school education extending support to States from pre-school to senior secondary levels for the first time in New Delhi.

The scheme is stated to be a paradigm shift in the conceptual design of school education by treating ‘school’ holistically as a continuum from pre-school, primary, upper primary, secondary and senior secondary levels.

Speaking on the occasion, Javadekar said that in keeping with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s commitment of providing ‘Sabko Shiksha Achchi Shiksha’, the Ministry of HRD has taken a landmark step to completely overhaul the existing schemes in school education.

[ Street Play – चमेली की पढ़ाई – on School Education ]

Javadekar added that earlier the budget on the three schemes: SSA, RMSA, and Teacher Education was Rs. 28,000 crore in 2017-18. But the budget outlay on the new scheme will be now Rs. 34,000 crore in 2018-19 and Rs. 41,000 crore in 2019-20.

He said that about one million schools will get library grant of Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 20,000 to strengthen the libraries under “Padhega Bharat Badhega Bharat” program.

The Minister also announced a competition on the myGov site to design a logo for the scheme which signifies a holistic approach for the development of children.

Photo courtesy: Press Information Bureau

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