Lucknow: In line with the government’s vision to provide quality education to children in the state and create a conducive learning environment, the Yogi Adityanath government has swung into action to equip schools in Uttar Pradesh with modern facilities under the “PM SHRI” scheme.
As per the National Education Policy, the Central Government has emphasized adopting a modern education system in the schools to strengthen the foundation of the students, for which the PM SHRI (Pradhan Mantri Schools for Rising India) scheme has been launched.
According to an official release, in the recent budget announcement made by the state government, an amount of over Rs 1,000 crore has been earmarked for the scheme. According to the announcement, with the Central Government’s assistance, Rs 510 crore will be spent on basic education and Rs 500 crore on secondary education.
“According to the standards of this scheme, selected schools will be given the status of PM SHRI and will be equipped with modern facilities. As many as 1753 schools have been verified by the state government at the district and state levels and the list of those has been sent to the central government,” it read.
It is noteworthy that the Central Government had decided to upgrade 14,500 schools across the country under the PM SHRI scheme. After the announcement of the PM, the Yogi government has provided funds for this in 2023-24. According to the Director General, of School Education, Vijay Kiran Anand, under the “PM SHRI” scheme of the Central Government, two eligible schools were selected from each block and applications were made from them. After this, these schools were evaluated at the BSA level.
“Schools in rural areas that got more than 60% marks passed and those that got less failed. Similarly, the cutoff in urban was 70%. Only those schools which got marks above this passed. After this, verification of all these schools was done at the state level. Altogether the applications of 1753 schools in Uttar Pradesh have been sent to the Government of India. Of these, 89 schools are of the secondary level while the rest of the schools fall under basic education,” it read.
Under this scheme, these schools will be developed as per the National Education Policy 2020. Since this is a centrally sponsored scheme, 60 percent of the amount will also be received from the central government.