For better utilisation of budget, Centre merges SSA, RMSA, ET in single scheme
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For better utilisation of budget, Centre merges SSA, RMSA, ET in single scheme

For proper utlisation of budgetary allocations on education and better management of human resource, MHRD has merged its sponsored programmes: SSA, RMSA and TE in a single scheme.

For proper utlisation of budgetary allocations on education and better management of human resource, MHRD has merged its sponsored programmes: SSA, RMSA and TE in a single scheme.

In a bid to make optimal utilization of budgetary allocations and effective use of Human resources, the union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) GoI, has merged the centrally sponsored schemes-SSA, RMSA and Teacher education for a period of two years.

As per the official documents, the department of school education and literacy in the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has been given the approval by the union cabinet committee on economic affairs for merging all the education related central schemes and formulate an 'integrated scheme' on school education for next two years.

"The new scheme gives flexibility to the states to plan and prioritise their interventions within the scheme norms and the overall resources envelope available to them," the official document reads, adding that it will help to improve the transition rates across the various levels of school education and in promoting universal access to children to complete school education.

The new scheme, aims to equip the children with varied skills and knowledge essential for their holistic development.

Greater Kashmir had earlier reported that MHRD deferred its annual Project Approval Board (PAB) meetings scheduled in February this year, given its plan to merge the central schemes which include Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) and Teacher Education (TE). 

"The new scheme will put a check on unnecessary utilisation of funds and avoid duplication or repetition in carrying out teacher training programmes," a top official in the state education department said.

"Under SSA, the centre government provides CAL (computer-aided learning) centres to schools and under RMSA schools are equipped with ICT laboratories. So at times government would identify the same school under SSA and RMSA and it would lead to unnecessary investment as one school was getting components from two schemes," he said.

The official said launch of new scheme will lead to better utilization of funds and is expected to yield good results.

"In terms of construction of school buildings, the new scheme will allow optimal use of educational structures created for the erstwhile schemes," he said.

As per the official document, the new integrated scheme on education will allow inclusion of senior secondary levels and pre-school levels in support for school education.

"The focus of new scheme will be on quality of education with emphasis on improvement of learning outcomes and enhance capacity building of teachers," the document reads.

The new scheme on education will have focus on improvement in education level in educationally backward blocks (EBBs) and upgrade Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBVs) from class 6th to 8th up to class 12th.

The vision of the scheme is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education from nursery to senior secondary stage in accordance with the sustainable development goal for education.

"The main emphasis of the integrated scheme is on improving quality of school education by focusing on teacher and technological intervention in schools," the official document reads.

"The scheme focuses on strengthening and upgradation of State Council for Educational Research and Trainings (SCERT)/State Institute of Education (SIE) and DIETs as nodal agencies for teacher training."

The officials meanwhile said the PAB meeting is likely to be convened by MHRD in May now and the state government has to submit joint (SSA&RMSA) annual plan for the current financial year.

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