September 9, 2022, New Delhi: On September 8, 2022, the Union Cabinet approved a Rs. 27,360 crore plan for the construction of more than 14,000 PM SHRI schools (PM Schools for Rising India) across the country.
The project is intended to directly benefit more than 18 lakh children. These schools will aim to guide and mentor the nearby schools to further extend the influence of the scheme.
After the cabinet meeting, Minister of Education Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan told the media, “The Union Cabinet has approved the launch of a new scheme for setting up PM-SHRI schools. Over 14,000 schools, including Kendriya Vidyalayas and Navodaya Vidyalayas, will be strengthened to emerge as PM-SHRI schools.”
He further added, “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.”
According to the announcement, these schools will be built as green campuses with environment friendly features including solar panels and LED lighting, nutrient gardens with natural farming, trash management, and water conservation and harvesting.
The project, which was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 5, 2022 (Teachers’ Day), aims to improve current schools run by local, state, and federal administrations as well as government agencies. The entire cost of the project would be Rs 27,360 crores for the first five years.
PM SHRI Schools – Details
- The Union Cabinet approved a Rs. 27,360 plan for the construction of more than 14,000 PM SHRI schools nationwide.
- The project aims to directly benefit more than 18 lakh students.
- These schools will also guide and mentor nearby schools to generate the influence of the project further.
- The project was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Teachers’ Day (September 5, 2022).
- A grade assessment framework named the School Quality Assessment Framework (SQAF) will be developed and used to achieve the desired learning outcomes.
- These schools will aim to improve other schools run by local, state, and federal administrations, as well as government agencies.
- They will be built as green campuses and environmental friendly.
- These schools will have features including solar panels and LED lighting; nutrient gardens with natural farming; trash management; and water conservation and harvesting.
PM SHRI Schools – Benefits
- Students will be able to study in eco-friendly establishments with digital teaching resources.
- They will be equipped with entrepreneurial skills in these schools.
- These schools will produce and foster holistic and well-rounded students equipped with essential 21st century skills.
- Students will enjoy the flexibility of choosing subjects in these schools.
- In order to overcome linguistic obstacles, these institutes will also promote adopting native or regional languages as the medium of education.
- These schools will adopt a very experiential, holistic, and integrated pedagogy to make learning easier and more practical for students.
- Assessment at all levels will be competency-based and focused on conceptual knowledge and the application of knowledge to real-life scenarios.
- Students will be graded and evaluated on a regular basis to measure their regular learning.
What is the PM SHRI schools scheme?
PM SHRI schools is a central scheme launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to upgrade and set up more than 14,000 schools run by the local, state, and federal administrations as well as government agencies. These schools will ensure students get a holistic, integrated, and experimental education. The focus of this project will be to equip students with entrepreneurial skills.
Who is the Education Minister of India?
Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan is the Education Minister of India.
Who launched the PM SHRI Scheme?
The Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, launched the PM SHRI scheme on the occasion of Teachers’ Day, which was celebrated on September 5, 2022.