Recently, a Cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved a new centrally sponsored scheme – PM SHRI Schools (PM Schools for Rising India).
The key feature of the scheme is the development of 14,500 schools across the country. PM SHRI Schools will showcase all components of the National Education Policy 2020.
The scheme of PM SHRI schools (PM ScHools for Rising India) is to be implemented as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme with a total project cost of Rs. 27360 crore which includes a central share of Rs. 18128 crores for the period of five years from the year 2022-23 to 2026-27.
The scheme aims to provide high-quality education in an equitable, inclusive of the diverse background, multilingual needs, and different academic abilities of children and makes them active participants per the vision of NEP 2020.
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, a study of traditions/practices related to the protection of the environment, climate change related hackathon and awareness generation to adopt a sustainable lifestyle.
Selection of PM SHRI schools will be made through Challenge Mode wherein Schools compete for support to become exemplar 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.