An all-time high allocation of Rs 838 crore has been made for Himachal under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) for 2016-17, an increase of Rs 173 crore over last year.
The Project Approval Board (PAB) of the RMSA and SSA at its meeting allocated Rs 428 crore under the SSA and Rs 410 crore under the RMSA for improvement, increasing learning levels, innovations and ICT with thrust on practical training and scientific modes of learning.
The project cost will be shared by the Centre and the state government in the ratio 90:10.
The state government had sent proposals of Rs 1471crore but the PAB sanctioned Rs 838 crore, keeping in view the last year allocation and expenditure incurred under various components.
Programmes such as Prayas, Prerna and Udaan were launched in Bilaspur, Hamirpur and Mandi districts with focus on making the subject interesting and easily comprehensible.
“Under Prayas, innovative practices are used to create interest of the students of Class VI to VIII in science and mathematics. Practical education is being imparted to students and the models made by them are exhibited at the panchayat level while under the Prerna project in Hamirpur, the student’s ability on reading writing and numeric has been enhanced by 13 per cent to 40 percent”, said Project Director, Ghanshyam.
To improve the skills of teachers, training will be imparted on a cluster basis and online training has also been proposed. Computer education will be started in 317 schools upgraded last year and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) labs will be set up in these schools while vocational education be introduced from Class IX.
Vocational education is being imparted in 500 schools and the HRD Ministry has sanctioned vocational education in 473 more schools, increasing the total number to 973.