PM Announces 'PM SHRI Schools' Initiative

More than 14500 schools across the country to be developed as PM ScHools for Rising India

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On the occasion of National Teachers’ Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a new initiative - PM SHRI Schools (PM ScHools for Rising India). This will be a new centrally sponsored scheme for upgradation and development of more than 14500 Schools across the country by strengthening the selected existing schools from amongst schools managed by Central Government/State/UT Government/local bodies. PM SHRI Schools will showcase all components of the National Education Policy 2020 and act as exemplar schools and also offer mentorship to other schools in their vicinity. The aim of these schools will not only be qualitative teaching, learning and cognitive development, but also creating holistic and well-rounded individuals equipped with key 21st century skills.

"We at FICCI Arise applaud the Union Government's move to approve the Pradhan Mantri Schools For Rising India (PM-SHRI) scheme, focussing on the upgradation of 14,500 schools across the country. This great initiative directing the investment of ₹27,360 crores towards the education sector shows the Government's commitment to transform the education industry, which forms the basis of a just, equitable, progressive and developed society," says Shishir Jaipuria, Chairman FICCI Arise and Seth Anandram Jaipuria Group of educational Institutions. 

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. Focus will be on achieving proficiency in 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.

"India's education system is set to be the best in the world by 2047. With the visionary NEP 2020, the Ministry of Education has created clear guidance on how schools can digitalise learning. Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled this PM SHRI initiative, highlighting the Central government's efforts to establish model school centers, go digital and provide a seamless learning environment for students across India," underlines Amit Kapoor, Co-Founder, Eupheus Learning.

These schools will be equipped with modern infrastructure including labs, smart classrooms, libraries, sports equipment, art room etc. which is inclusive and accessible. These schools shall also be developed as green schools with water conservation, waste recycling, energy-efficient infrastructure and integration of organic lifestyle in curriculum.

They will provide leadership in their respective regions in providing 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.

(With inputs from PIB)

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