• Pradhan Mantri Schools for Rising India (PM-SHRI) is a centrally sponsored scheme launched by the Ministry of Education aiming to develop more than 14500 schools across the country as PM-SHRI Schools by strengthening select existing schools managed by Central/State/Local bodies.
  • These schools will showcase all the components of the National Education Policy, 2020 as model schools.
  • PM-SHRI schools are to act as exemplary schools and offer mentorship to other schools in the vicinity.
  • Aim to strengthen select existing (14500) schools to provide high-quality education in an equitable, inclusive, and joyful school environment.
  • It also aims to deliver quality teaching for the cognitive development of the students and provide the students with key 21st-century skills

What are Centrally Sponsored Schemes?

  • These schemes are funded by the Union Government or Union as well as State government but implemented by State governments.
  • Funding pattern may be 50:50,75:25 etc.
  • North Eastern and Hilly states generally have a pattern of 90:10

Key features

  • PM SHRI will provide high-quality education in an equitable, inclusive, and joyful school environment that takes care of the diverse backgrounds, multilingual needs, and different academic abilities of children and makes them active participants in their learning process as per the vision of NEP 2020. 
  • PM SHRI Schools will provide leadership to other schools in their respective regions by providing mentorship.
  • The PM SHRI Schools will be developed as green schools, incorporating environment-friendly aspects like solar panels and LED lights, nutrition gardens with natural farming, waste management, plastic-free, water conservation, and harvesting, the study of traditions/practices related to the protection of the environment, climate change related hackathon and awareness generation to adopt sustainable lifestyle.
  • The pedagogy adopted in these schools will be more experiential, holistic, integrated, play/toy-based (particularly, in the foundational years) inquiry-driven, discovery-oriented, learner-centered, discussion-based, flexible, and enjoyable. 
  • 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.
  • Assessment of the resources available and their effectiveness in terms of availability, adequacy, appropriateness, and utilization for each of the domains and their key performance indicators will be done and gaps will be filled in a systematic and planned manner.
  • Linkage with Sector Skill Councils and local industry for enhancing employability and providing better employment opportunities will be explored.
  • 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.

Working of PM SHRI:

  • Quality and Innovation (Learning Enhancement Programme, Holistic Progress Card, Innovative Pedagogies, Bagless days, Internships with Local artisans, Capacity building etc.)
  • Beneficiary-oriented entitlements under the RTE Act. 100% of PM SHRI Schools will receive Science and Math Kits.
  • Annual School Grants (Composite School grants, Library grants, Sports grants)
  • Early Childhood Care and Education including Balvatika and Foundational Literacy and Numeracy
  • Equity and Inclusion including provision of safe and appropriate infrastructure for girls and CWSN.
  • Encouraging flexibility in the choice of subjects offered to students.
  • Encouraging mother tongue/local languages as a medium of instruction using technological interventions to help bridge language barriers.
  • ICT, smart classrooms, and digital libraries for using digital pedagogy. 100% of the PM SHRI Schools will be covered under ICT, smart classrooms, and digital initiatives.
  • Strengthening of existing infrastructure 
  • Vocational interventions & Enhancing internship/entrepreneurship opportunities, especially with local industry. Mapping of skills with developmental projects/nearby industry and developing courses/curriculum accordingly. 
  • A saturation approach will be adopted to develop these schools with all modern facilities. Science labs, Libraries, ICT facilities Vocational labs, etc. will be provided to all the schools. 
  • Green School initiatives
  • Further, the scheme envisages convergence with existing schemes /Panchayati Raj Institutions/ Urban Local bodies and community participation for infrastructure upgradation of the school and creation of facilities.

Selection Methodology

  • Done through Challenge Mode wherein Schools compete for support to become exemplary schools. Schools would 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 UDISE+ code would be considered for selection under the Scheme.

 Selection would be done through a three-stage process with definite time-lines, which are as follows: – 

  • Stage 1: States/UTs would sign an MoU agreeing to implement NEP in its entirety with the 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 the 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. 

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