1. NATIONAL INITIATIVE FOR SCHOOL HEADS AND TEACHERS HOLISTIC ADVANCEMENT (NISHTHA)
- It is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme.
- It is launched under the Samagra Shiksha Programme and 42 lakh teachers will be trained across the country.
- It aims to motivate and equip teachers to encourage and foster critical thinking in students, handle diverse situations and act as first-level counsellors.
- It will benefit all teachers and Heads of Schools at the elementary level in all Government schools; Faculty members of State Councils of Educational Research and Training (SCERTs); District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs); Block Resource Coordinators and Cluster Resource Coordinators in all States and UTs.
2. NATIONAL EDUCATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR TECHNOLOGY (NEAT)
- All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) under MHRD would be the implementing agency.
- Its objective is to use Artificial Intelligence to make learning more personalised and customised as per the requirements of the learner for better learning outcomes in higher education.
- MHRD will ensure that the solutions are freely available to a large number of economically backward students.
- As their contribution towards the National cause, the companies would have to offer free coupons to the extent of 25% of the total registrations for their solution through NEAT portal.
3. Scheme for Trans-disciplinary Research for India's Developing Economy (STRIDE)
- It was announced by University Grants Commission (UGC).
- It aims to identify young talent, strengthen research culture, build capacity, promote innovation and support trans-disciplinary research relevant to national development and to enhance the overall well-being of society.
- It will fund high impact national network projects in the identified thrust areas in Humanities and Human Sciences, and Indian knowledge systems.
4. RASHTRIYA AVISHKAR ABHIYAN
- It will be mentored by Institutes like IITs/ IIMs/ IISERs/central universities and reputed organisations.
- Its beneficiary will be students in the age group of 6 - 18 years of classes 1-12th in Government schools, KVs, special schools, special training centres etc.
- It aims to leverage the potential for science, mathematics and technology learning in non-classroom settings.
- It encourages and nurture schools to be incubators of innovation through innovative programmes, student exchanges, etc. to develop a natural sense of passion towards learning of science and maths.
5. RASHTRIYA UCHCHATAR SHIKSHA ABHIYAN (RUSA)
- It is a centrally sponsored flagship scheme.
- It is proposed to improve the gross enrolment ratio to 30% by 2020.
- The scheme will give priority to the Aspirational Districts, identified by the NITI Aayog.
- It aims to usher transformative reforms in the State Higher Education System by creating a facilitating institutional structure for planning and monitoring at the state level, promoting autonomy in State Universities and improving governance in institutions.
6. STUDY IN INDIA
- It is a joint initiative of Ministry of HRD, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
- EdCIL (India) Limited, a Mini Ratna Category I CPSE is the implementing agency.
- The programme focuses on attracting International students from select 30 plus countries across South-East Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
- The programme envisages participation of select reputed Indian institutes/universities by way of offering seats for the International students at affordable rates, along with fee waivers to meritorious foreign students ranging from 100% to 25%.
7. EDUCATION QUALITY UPGRADATION AND INCLUSION PROGRAMME (EQUIP)
- It is aiming at ushering transformation in India’s higher education system by implementing strategic interventions in the sector over five years (2019-2024).
- To Double the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in higher education and resolve the geographically and socially skewed access to higher education institutions in India
- To Upgrade the quality of education to global standards and position at least 50 Indian institutions among the top-1000 global universities.
8. MADHYAMIK AND UCHCHTAR SHIKSHA KOSH (MUSK)
- MUSK is a Fund (Kosh).
- It would be maintained as a Reserve Fund in the non-interest bearing section of the Public Accounts of India
- It would be utilized for schemes of secondary and higher education, all over the country.
- All proceeds of "Secondary and Higher Education Cess" will be credited into it.
- A cess @ 1% on central taxes, called the "Secondary and Higher Education Cess" was levied through Finance Act, 2007.
9. UDAAN- GIVING WINGS TO GIRLS
- Launched by CBSE under the guidance of Ministry of HRD.
- It aims to address the challenge of the low enrolment of girls in technical education institutes.
- To minimize the gap between school education & engineering entrance examination.
- It covers girls studying in classes XI only from KVs/ NVs/ Government Schools of any recognised Board/CBSE affiliated private schools in India.
- It will support 1,000 selected disadvantaged girls per year.
10. UNNAT BHARAT ABHIYAN
- IIT Delhi has been designated as the Coordinating Institute.
- It aims to enable higher educational institutions to work with the people of rural India in identifying development challenges and evolving appropriate solutions for accelerating sustainable growth.
- The second edition of the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (2.0) has extended this scheme to 750 reputed Higher Educational Institutes (both public and private) of the country.
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