Conference of State & UT Education Ministers’ was held yesterday with Shri Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for
Human Resource Development, in the chair.
Smt. D. Purandeshwari,
Minister of State for HRD, Dr. Narendra Jadhav, Member, Planning Commission, 26 Ministers of
Education representing State Governments and Union Territories,
Smt. Anshu Vaish, Secretary, Department of School Education &
Literacy, Smt. Vibha Puri Das, Secretary, Higher
Education and senior officials of the Centre and State Governments were
Conference of State/UT Education Ministers reviewed he status of implementation
of the RTE Act, 2009. The Conference noted the considerable progress that has
taken place in developing understanding and generating consensus on the child-centred assumptions of the RTE Act. The Conference agreed
to carry the process of systemic reform forward, specifically with reference to
(i) giving wide publicity to child
entitlements under the Act
(ii) undertaking teacher recruitment,
re-deployment and training in a time bound manner,
(iii) initiating GIS
mapping exercises for establishment of neighbourhood schools,
(iv) initiating curricular renewal and
instituting a system of learner assessment as an integral part of the learning
(v) expediting the processes for constitution
of SMCs and notification of local authorities, and
(vi) monitoring admission of 25% children from
disadvantaged groups and weaker sections at entry level in private unaided
presentation was made on Public-Private Partnership (PPP)
in school education. The need to leverage resources from the private
non-for-profit sector by creating suitable PPP
models to meet the challenges of expansion in the secondary education sector
was outlined. The PPP model for
establishment of Model Schoold in non-educationally
backward blocks prepared by the Ministry of HRD was presented. State Ministers
were appreciative of the Scheme for Model Colleges in the PPP mode and assured their co-operation in the
implementation of the Scheme.
suggestions were made by the State Education Ministers’ during discussions on
the schemes in secondary education including the Rashtriya
Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA)
(i) to continue
the 75:25 fund sharing patterns between the Centre and the States in the
(ii) to extend RMSA to cover higher secondary level and to cover
(iii) to increase the allocation for MMER (Monitoring, management,
evaluation and research) to meet administrative and monitoring expenses beyond
the present level of 2%.
(iv) to reduce the 5 km distance norm to 3 km for establishment
of secondary schools wherever there is density of population is more or in
respect of schools for girls, Urdu and Sanskrit schools.
(v) to raise the financial limit for construction of new schools
and expansion of new schools
(vi) to give flexibility to States in utilization of the amount
allocated for repairs and maintenance of schools according to need.
(vii) to provide for a common SMDCs
(School Management Development Committees) under RMSA and SSA.
(viii) to provide for hostels in Model Schools especially in tribal
The progress in
implementation of Sakshar Bharat
was reviewed. A few State Ministers desired extension of the programme to more districts.
State Ministers agreed with the need for
a comprehensive and reliable data-base on Higher Education to reflect not only
the factual status of the Higher Education sector, but also to aid in planning
the sector’s growth in order to address the issues of access, equity, relevance
and quality. Central Government’s
initiative in conducting the All India Survey on Higher Education was endorsed
by States and all possible co-operation was assured in
completing the survey in time and in identifying the agencies for conducting
the survey. States also agreed to advise all the Institutions located in the
States to provide information as required.
were made on the progress in implementation of the scheme of interest subsidy
for pursuing professional education and the scheme for establishment of model
colleges in 374 identified educationally backward districts. The State
Ministers indicated that awareness campaigns need to be launched by the States
to publicise the scheme of interest subsidy to reach
out to deserving students. State Ministers agreed to ensure prompt submission
of proposals for availing of benefit for establishment of model colleges. Some
States requested for the Central share to be increased.
presentation was made on the progress made so far under the National Mission on
Education through ICT, which has 3 major components viz., generation of
e-content, connectivity to colleges and universities and development of
low-cost access cum computing devices.
Nearly 390 universities of the country have already been provided 1 Gbps connectivity till date
which could be seen on the Sakshat portal (http.//www.Sakshat.ac.in).
Orders for manufacture and supply of low cost access and computing
devices have already been placed and a few samples from the production process
have already been received and are under testing. States were informed that on an average
nearly 3000 such low cost devices would be provided to each state for testing of
these devices for their functionality, utility and durability in field
scheme of setting up of 20 Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) in PPP
mode was discussed in the Conference and it was informed that proposals from
the State Governments are awaited. State/UT Governments were requested to
identify private partners & location of the institute as per the criteria laid down by the Expert Committee and forward their
proposals based on the DPR to the Ministry of Human Resource Development within
State/UT Ministers were sensitized on the UGC Regulations on curbing the menace
of ragging. States Governments were requested to ensure proactive participation
of civil/police authorities in anti-ragging committees and immediate filing of
FIR on complaints of ragging. States could also help disseminate awareness of
the 24X7 toll-free Anti-ragging Helpline and ensure that educational
institutions disclose all related information including contact numbers of
relevant authorities through media campaigns.