On the occasion of Teachers’ Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday announced a new initiative to develop and upgrade schools across India. The Pradhan Mantri School for Rising India (PM-SHRI) scheme will be a laboratory for the new National Education Policy (NEP) and 14,500 schools will be upgraded under the first phase.
“Today, on Teachers’ Day, I am happy to announce a new initiative – development and up-gradation of 14,500 schools across India under the Pradhan Mantri Schools for Rising India (PM-SHRI) scheme. These will become model schools that will Will encapsulate the full spirit of NEP,” tweeted PM Modi.
The new National Education Policy was launched in 2020. The NEP replaces the 34-year-old National Education Policy formulated in 1986 and aims to pave the way for transformational reforms in school and higher education systems.
Earlier in the day, PM Modi while interacting with the recipients of National Teacher Award said that India is moving in the right direction to strengthen its education ecosystem and its new education policy is being appreciated across the world.
What is PM-Shri Scheme?
The Center is in the process of setting up a “PM-Shri” school with an aim to make the students future ready and will incorporate the full spirit of the National Education Policy.
PM Modi said that PM-Shri will be a modern, transformative and holistic way of imparting education in schools.
PM Modi further said, “The emphasis will be on discovery oriented, learning centric approach. The focus will also be on modern infra including latest technology, smart classrooms, sports and more.”
He further said that this initiative will benefit lakhs of students across India.
PM Modi tweeted, “National Education Policy has transformed the education sector in recent years. I am sure PM-Shri Schools will benefit lakhs of students across India in the spirit of NEP.”
The initiative was first mentioned by Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan earlier this year. The Minister had highlighted the 5+3+3+4 approach of NEP which covers the transition from pre-school to secondary, Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE), emphasis on teacher training and adult education, integration of skill development with school education and Mothering involved prioritizing learning. Tongue as a step to prepare global citizens of the 21st century.
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