The implementation of the Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States (STARS) project has been approved to improve school education in the country. This decision was taken in the meeting of the Union Cabinet held on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. After the meeting, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar gave this press conference. STARS Project World Bank is supported. The total cost of the project is Rs 5718 crore, out of which World Bank will provide financial support of $ 500 million, which is approximately Rs 3700 crore.
The STARS project will be implemented as a new centrally sponsored scheme under the Department of School Education and Literacy, under the Ministry of Education. This project will cover 6 states, which are Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala and Odisha. These states will be supported for various interventions to improve the quality of education.
In line with NEP 2020 goals
In addition to the STARS project, the implementation of similar projects supported by the Asian Development Fund (ADB) was also emphasized. The ADB-supported project will be implemented in Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Assam. The complete focus and components of the STARS project are in line with the goals of the National Education Policy 2020 regarding quality-based learning outputs. It emphasizes on improving monitoring and measurement activities in the Indian school education system through interventions from select states.
Other cabinet decisions
- Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihood Mission was expanded. Under this, a package of Rs 520 crores has been announced for the next 5 years for the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. This package will benefit more than 10 lakh women of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
- It has been decided to separate Nagarnar Steel Plant from National Minerals Development Corporation Limited and strategic divestment of the merged company. The entire stake of the government will be sold for disinvestment.
- Modification of the ‘ADNOC model’ has been approved to improve the commercial viability of the existing Strategic Petroleum Reserves of the Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserve Limited.