The Union HRD Ministry has managed to achieve some of the most important targets during the past two years and this is no mean achievement. The construction of separate bathrooms for boys and girls in every school of the country is one of them. According to the report, the Ministry has accomplished its target of 100 per cent construction of toilets for both boys and girls in every school of the country under Swaach Vidyalay Abhiyaan scheme which was launched by PM Narendra Modi in 2014.  

Keeping in mind the indulgence of young generation towards latest technology and laying more emphasis on Information and Communication Technology, the HRD Ministry launched several technology based initiatives, which include e pathshala,  Saransh,  Shala  Siddhi,  Shaala Darpan, availability of NCERT books on mobile app etc.

As per the Times High Education Ranking 2015-16, the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru ranked amongst the Top 100 universities of the world, which is a big honour for the institute and the government. For the first time, the Government of India has embarked on a time- bound grassroots consultative process, which has enabled  the Ministry of  Human  Resource  Development  to  reach  out  to individuals across the country through over 2.75 lakh direct consultations while also taking inputs from citizens online.

From the many initiatives launched by the MHRD, we have extracted few programmes that have been launched in the second year of the present government:

  • Padhe Bharat Badhe Bharat:  Implemented to improve the language development and create interest in mathematics, Padhe Bharat Baare Bharat is the sub-programme  of  Sarva  Shiksha  Abhiyan.
  • Children with Special Needs: Under this initiative, more than 25 lakh children with special needs have been enrolled in elementary education. Teachers are being provided inclusive classroom by NCERT through which they can better communicate with those students.
  • Rashtriya  Madhyamik  Shiksha  Abhiyan:  The  RMSA  guidelines  provide  for  augmenting secondary  school  infrastructure  through  construction  of  additional  class  rooms,  laboratories, toilet  blocks,  drinking  water,  libraries  etc. Till date, 10513  new  schools  have  been  approved under  the  scheme.  
  • Udaan:  This  scheme  is  dedicated  to  the  development  of  girl  child  education,  so  as  to  promote the  admission  of  girl  students.  It seeks to enhance the enrolment of girl students in prestigious technical education institutions through incentives and academic support.
  • Saransh:  The Central Board of Secondary Education launched an online facility known as Saransh for affiliated and CBSE schools on 2nd November, 2014.  It  helped  the  schools  to  look  at  their  performances  at  an aggregate  level  and  individual level of each  student. An  online  self-review  tool  for  schools affiliated  to  the Central  Board of  Secondary  Education, it  allows schools  to  identify areas  of  improvement  related to  students,  teachers  and  curriculum  and  take  necessary  measures  to implement  changes.  It  also  provides  schools  with  a  view  of  overall  and  individual student’s  performance  in  academic  and  extra- curricular  activities.
  • Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan:  This scheme was launched on 9th July 2015. The main objective behind this scheme is to create interest of the students from class I to XII in sciences through model labs etc. The  key  activities  under  this programme  include  mentoring  of  elementary  and  secondary  schools  by  institutions  of higher education; forming Maths and Science clubs for children at school and professional development of  teachers  in  order  to  make  teaching  of Maths  and  Science  interesting  for  students.
  • Kala  Utsav:  The initiative was launched on 4th September with the vision of PM Narendra Modi. Kala Utsav seeks to enhance the life skills of the participants and prepare them as ambassadors of Indian culture besides integrating art with education.

All the programmes, new schemes and innovations of the Ministry promise to change the educational face of the country. While the Department of School Education & Literacy has its eyes set on the universalisation of Education and making better citizens out of the country’s young brigade,  the  Department  of  Higher  Education  is  engaged  in  establishing  world  class  institutes  of  learning  and  providing  ample  opportunities  for  research  and  skill  development  to  ensure  that we create the world’s largest workforce.

We really hope that in the next three years of the NDA government in the office, some path breaking initiatives will be launched and the eroded part in the educational system will be cemented.

Victor Dasgupta/JPN


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