India/ September 09, 2022/By: Milan Sharma/Source: https://www.indiatoday.in/
More than 18 lakh students are expected to be direct beneficiaries of PM SHRI Schools (PM Schools for Rising India).
PM SHRI schools will mentor and provide leadership to other schools in their vicinity. The scheme of PM SHRI schools is to be implemented with a total project cost of Rs 27360 crore for the period of five years from year 2022-23 to 2026.
WHAT ARE THE KEY FEATURES OF THE PM SHRI (PM SCHOOLS FOR RISING INDIA) SCHEME?
1. PM SHRI will provide high-quality education in an equitable, inclusive and joyful school environment that takes care of the diverse background, multilingual needs, and different academic abilities of children and makes them active participants in their own learning process as per the vision of NEP 2020.
2. PM SHRI Schools will provide leadership to other schools in their respective regions by providing mentorship.
3. The PM SHRI Schools will be developed as Green schools, incorporating environmentally friendly aspects like solar panels and LED lights, nutrition gardens with natural farming, waste management, plastic free, water conservation and harvesting, study of traditions/practices related to protection of the environment, climate change related hackathon and awareness generation to adopt a sustainable lifestyle.
4. Pedagogy adopted in these schools will be more experiential, holistic, integrated, play/toy-based (particularly, in the foundational years) inquiry-driven, discovery-oriented, learner-centred, discussion-based, flexible and enjoyable.
5. 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.
6. Assessment of the resources available and their effectiveness in terms of availability, adequacy, appropriateness, and utilisation of each of the domains and their key performance indicators will be done and gaps will be filled in a systematic and planned manner.
7. Linkage with Sector Skill Councils and local industry for enhancing employability and providing better employment opportunities will be explored.
8. A School Quality Assessment Framework (SQAF) is being developed, specifying the key performance indicators to measure outcomes. Quality evaluation of these schools at regular intervals will be undertaken to ensure the desired standards.
WHAT IS THE SELECTION METHODOLOGY?
Selection of PM SHRI schools will be done through ‘Challenge Mode,’ wherein schools compete for support to become exemplar schools. Schools will 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 (Class 1-5/1-8) & the Secondary/ Sr. Secondary Schools (Class1-10/1-12/6-10/6-12) managed by Centre/State/UT Governments / local self-governments having the UDISE+ code would be considered for selection under the Scheme.
Selection would be done through a three-stage process with definite time lines, which is as follows:
Stage-1: States/UTs would sign MoU agreeing to implement NEP in entirety with Centre laying down the commitments for supporting these schools for achieving specified quality assurance as PM SHRI schools.
Stage-2: In this stage, a pool of schools that are eligible to be selected as PM SHRI Schools would be identified based on a prescribed minimum benchmark through UDISE+ data.
Stage-3: This stage is based on the challenge method for fulfilling certain criteria. Only the schools from the above eligible pool of schools would compete to fulfill the challenge conditions. Fulfillment of conditions would be certified by States/KVS/JNV through physical inspection.
States/UTs/KVS/JNV shall verify the claims reported by schools and recommend the list of schools to the Ministry.
A maximum of two schools (one Elementary & one Secondary/Senior Secondary) would be selected per block/ULB with an upper limit on the number of total schools across India.
Geo-tagging of schools for the selection and monitoring of PM SHRI schools will be done. The services of Bhaskaracharya National Institute for Space Applications and Geo-informatics (BISAG-N) will be taken for geo-tagging and other related tasks. An Expert committee would be constituted for final selection of schools.
GOVERNMENT’S SCHEME IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGY
PM SHRI Schools 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.
These schools shall be monitored vigorously to assess progress and understand the challenges faced in the implementation of National Education Policy 2020.
More than 18 lakh students are expected to be direct beneficiaries of the scheme. Further, impact will be generated through the mentoring and handholding of the schools in vicinity of PM SHRI schools.