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Cabinet Approves PM SHRI Scheme

Cabinet Approves PM SHRI Scheme – The Union Cabinet approved a Rs 27,360 crore scheme for the development of more than 14,500 PM-SHRI schools across the country. PM-SHRI schools scheme will cover over 18 lakh students as direct beneficiaries. Under the PM-SHRI schools scheme, Over 14,000 schools including Kendriya Vidyalayas and Navodaya Vidyalayas will be strengthened to emerge as PM-SHRI schools.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the scheme on the occasion of Teachers Day on 5 September 2022 with the aim of strengthening existing schools from amongst those managed by the Central and state governments, as well as local bodies.
  • The total project cost will be Rs 27,360 crore for a period of five years. Of this, the central will contribute Rs 18,128 crore.

PM SHRI Schools Benefits

  • PM SHRI Schools Scheme will showcase all components of the National Education Policy 2020, and will act as exemplar schools.
  • It will also offer mentorship to other schools in their vicinity.
  • The scheme of PM SHRI schools (PM Schools for Rising India) will be implemented as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme with a total cost of Rs 27,360 crore which includes a central share of Rs 18,128 crore for the period of five years from the year 2022-23 to 2026-27.
  • The PM SHRI Schools will be equipped 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 a sustainable lifestyle.

Selection of PM SHRI schools

  • Selection of PM SHRI schools will be held through Challenge Mode wherein Schools compete for support to become exemplar schools.
  • Schools will have to self-apply on the online portal.
  • The portal will be in operation four times a year, once every quarter, for the first two years of the scheme.

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