Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma of Assam has stated that the progress of 264 schools in the state under the PM Shri School scheme will advance the execution of the New Education Policy (NEP).
At the scheme’s inauguration, the CM declared that the state government has identified and selected these 264 schools, signifying a noteworthy achievement in Assam’s education sector, as per an official statement.
Anticipated to directly benefit over 20 lakh students, the centrally sponsored PM Shri School scheme aims to develop more than 14,500 schools nationwide. The scheme’s execution is scheduled to unfold over a five-year period, starting in 2022, according to the provided statement.
At the event, the chief minister presented the Anundoram Baruah award, granting a monetary prize of Rs 15,000 each, to 27,183 students who achieved 75% or more marks in their 10th-grade examinations. Sarma declared that starting from the next year, this award will evolve into a scholarship, promoting a competitive atmosphere among students.
The state government intends to allocate Rs 45 crore to this initiative, benefiting 30,000 students in grades 5th, 8th, and 10th, contingent on their performance in a competitive examination, according to the provided statement.
In a notable administrative shift, Sarma revealed that the Secondary Education Board of Assam (SEBA) and the Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC) will merge into a unified entity in the coming year. This integrated body will be responsible for overseeing higher secondary examinations.
Emphasizing alignment with the NEP, the chief minister underscored the transition away from 10th-grade examinations and the introduction of a comprehensive report card for institutions to assess the performance of students participating in higher secondary exams.