After swearing in as the Prime Minister of the country, Narendra Modi chose Smriti Irani for the important role of the Minister of Human Resource and Development.  There has been a lot of debate on whether she was able to do justice to the important portfolio that was handed over to her. We are going to have a look at the promises BJP made in its manifesto related to HRD, and we will check how many of them were fulfilled.

Promise in Manifesto 

NDA’s flagship program ‘Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan’: Mechanism would be set up for its performance audit and to have real time information about its performance. Programme shall be strengthened and expanded with a goal to remove illiteracy.

Delivered – 

Strengthening Measures Taken:

  1. For the first time a mid-year review of the SSA was taken, which enabled timely corrective actions, focused implementation and expedited release of funds to States. Asmita child tracking system has been added to enabled the online monitoring in terms of outcome already

  2. 1.5 Million+ School Report Cards have been made available online for free through a searchable database, to monitor infrastructure, enrolment, student details and teacher details. Each school has been issued a unique ID.

  3. For the first time, GIS mapping of elementary and secondary schools in the entire country is underway and publicly available online. This data is being used to monitor schools and expedite sanctioning of schools in gap areas.

  4. For the first time, CBSE is enabling benchmarking of schools and student performance at the state, regional and national level through an online tool SARANSH. Data for 2.02 crore students, 1.5 lakh teachers across 15,000 schools, for a period of seven years is now available online.

  5. For the first time, an online tool for school principals, Shaala Siddhi, to upload performance details (student learning levels and teacher performance) for self assessment has been made available. The results are publicly available and students and parents can give online feedback.

  6. Over 3000 principals/ headmasters and 900 resource persons have been trained in school management tools.

  7. For the first time, an end-to-end online school management system, Shaala Darpan, is being implemented in Government and Aided schools (already implemented in KVs) to

    1. Alert parents via sms on student attendance, time table, school activities and assignments

    2. Streamline management of administrative tasks

    3. Enable mobility of students by creating single record of student performance, health records etc.

Promise in Manifesto

Universalization of secondary school education and skills development through functional school shall be seriously pursued with particular focus on rural, tribal and difficult areas.

Delivered

  1. For the first time, GIS Mapping of schools has been used to accelerate the identification and approval of schools by the Project Approval Board (PAB) under the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), enabling building of secondary schools within 8 kms in 98.96% habitations.

  2. For the first time, a framework to impart vocational skills in schools, NSQF (National Skills Qualification Framework), has been launched for 16 sectors and 76 specializations; to be taught in 9th-12th standards

  3. A Sub-committee on Skill & Technical Education in School & Higher Education System has been formed with the following terms of reference:

    1. To study the existing skill education and technical education system and its scope for integration within the educational institutions, both at school and higher education level.

    2. To analyse hindrances in development of skill and technical education, state specific and suggest measures to overcome these;

    3. To suggest reforms in the existing educational pattern in order to facilitate skill development and strengthening of vocational education and training;

    4. To suggest measures to involve industry in training programmes and to promote industry & academia interaction to bridge the gap between demand and supply.

Promise in Manifesto

The content and process of school education shall be thoroughly reviewed to make it dynamic, stress-free, attractive and responsive to the emerging national needs.

Delivered

  1. Teacher Education curriculum has been updated to improve teacher quality.

  2. NCTE, the regulator for teacher education, is being reviewed by an expert committee.

  3. For the first time, the Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya Mission on Teachers and Teaching, will holistically address issues of teacher quality, professional development, curriculum and training, etc.

  4. For the first time, Padhe Bharat Badhe Bharat, will ensure that learning levels of Class I and II students in reading, writing, language comprehension and maths is at par internationally. All States and UTS have begun implementing this programme.

  5. For the first time, the RASTHTRIYA AVISHKAR ABHIYAN will revive interest in Science, Mathematics and Technology through innovative learning based on observations and experimentation, along with out of classroom experiences. For the first time, school mentoring for Science & Mathematics teaching by Higher Education Institutions is being implemented.

  6. For the first time since 2014, each year, GANIT Saptah is being celebrated in schools, to commemorate the birth anniversary of mathematician S Ramanujam, with activities to make maths more interesting for students and to reduce the fear of learning the subject.

  7. For the first time, Matribhasha Diwas was celebrated to highlight the importance of learning in the mother language.

  8. YOGA curriculum has been introduced from classes VI-X

  9. Recently the Prashikshak portal for District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs) was launched, which is a teacher education portal to strengthen the DIETs accross the country, improving quality for teacher training, both pre-service and in-service.

Promise in Manifesto

Girls shall be provided all possible help to continue and complete school education.

Delivered

  1. One of the main reasons girls miss school or drop out is due to lack of toilet facilities in schools. For the first, in a short span of 1 year, the Swachh Vidyalaya initiative has ensured that a separate toilet for girls and boys is built in every government school. 4,17,796 toilets have been constructed and made functional in 2,61,400 schools.
  2. For the first time, UDAAN, a mentoring and scholarship initiative is being implemented by CBSE to enable meritorious girl students to transit from school into technical education. A first batch of 951 students was selected by the CBSE in November 2014, and most have been admitted into leading national technical institutes, including one in IIT. For 2 years close to 2000 girls from ews have been trained and mentored to enter technical education. Today first batch students have been admitted in IITs,NITs and other prominent technical colleges
  3. Under the Beti Padhao, Beti Bachao initiative, the following activities have been undertaken:
  4. A gender sensitization module has been included in in-service teacher training programmes.
  5. A push is being given to construct residential quarters for female teachers in remote areas.
  6. Under RMSA, States and UTs have been asked to conduct self-defence training for girls at the secondary stage. In 2015-16, a total of 49718 schools have been approved for self defence training.
  7. Special programmes for empowerment of girls, including adolescent education, awareness camps for girls on health and sanitation issues, and life skill development are being funded.
  8. Stipend for girls with disabilities is being provided
  9. Girls’ hostels are being built in educationally backward blocks. Off the 2225 hostels that have been approved, 794 girls’ hostels have already been made functional.
  10. For the first time, the Pragati Scheme provides scholarship to one meritorious girl per family where family income is less than Rs. 6 lakh per annum to pursue technical education. Scheme was launched in Nov 2014.
  11. For the first time, the Swami Vivekananda Scholarship for Single Girl Child for research in Social Sciences is directly compensating costs of higher education for the girl student.
  12. For the first time, the Digital Gender Atlas has been launched for transparent monitoring of various parameters that impact girls being in school.
  13. NCERT has taken a number of steps to promote the education of the girl child. This includes:
  14. 2014 Foundation Day celebrations of NCERT were focused on educating the girl child.
  15. Building capacities of teachers at the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV), which provide residential schooling facilities for girls, to improve learning outcomes.
  16. A focused study on how minority girls are represented in KGBV.

Promise in Manifesto

The digital divide shall not be allowed to create further divisions in the learning situations of children.

Delivered

  1. For the first time, mobile apps have been launched to allow students to access digital text books and learning material for free: e-Pathshala & e-CBSE.

  2. For the first time, a national MOOCs platform- SWAYAM– is being developed which will make online classes by leading institutes (IITs, IIMs, etc) available for free to all students. 10th and 12th board courses to be included, apart from certificate, diploma and certain semesters of degree courses. When completed, it would bring in interactive eContent on MOOCs format of more than 2.5 lakh hours which would make it the world’s biggest repository of interactive electronic learning resource under a single window. About 35,000 hours of content has already been developed

  3. A “Donate-a-Device” scheme is being developed to ensure that all government schools have access to computers.

  4. Campus Connect is connecting all the Central Universities in the country through WI-FI. Under this, all classrooms, libraries, laboratories, hostels and places frequented by the students would be connected through secured WIFI hotspots providing students access to educational and information resources, on 24×7 basis.

Promise in Manifesto

Special pedagogy would be developed for differently-abled students.

Delivered

  1. For the first time, a handbook on curriculum adaptations for inclusive classrooms has been released by NCERT to streamline education of children with special needs, along with training for all primary school teachers across the country to ensure implementation.

  2. With the active support provided by the Sarva Shikha Abhiyan, over 25 lakh children with special needs have been enrolled in elementary education

  3. SAKSHAM Scheme of AICTE provides scholarship to meritorious differently-abled students to pursue a technical education at AICTE approved institutions, helping them meet their college aspirations.

  4. All university campuses are being made barrier free.

  5. IIT Fees have been waived off for all differently-abled students

Promise in Manifesto

On priority, a national modernization programme for madrasa’s would be started.

Delivered

  1. Rs. 100 crore has been allocated in the last budget for the Scheme to Provide Quality Education in Madrasas (SPQEM).

  2. An expert committee is currently being setup to identify how linkages for vocational and skill training can be created with schools recognised under SPQEM.

Promise in Manifesto

Mid-day meal scheme would be revitalized in terms of management and delivery.

Delivered

  1. Guidelines on Food Safety and Hygiene under the Mid-Day Meal Scheme for School Level Kitchen have been issued in February 2015.

  2. An expert committee has been formed in July 2015 to look into nutrition under the Mid-Day Meal Scheme.

  3. Updated rules have been notified in September 2015 for the management and delivery of the Mid-Day Meal Scheme. This includes testing of meals and reinforcing the role of School Management Committees for better monitoring and implementation of the scheme, and ensuring that quality meals are served regularly to children.

  4. All MPs have been asked to involve themselves with the committee monitoring mid-day meals in their constituency.

  5. Tithi Bhojan is being implemented to ensure community participation in MDM

  6. For the first time ever, IVRS based real-time monitoring of MDM, is being implemented to collect information directly from headmasters/ nodal teachers of schools where the Mid Day Meal Schemes is being implemented.

Promise in Manifesto

We will explore ways to reduce the daily burden of carrying books to school for children, which would also entail use of technology for education as a mission mode project.

Delivered

  1. For the first time, all NCERT and CBSE text books have been made available in digital forms through mobile apps– e-Pathshala and e-CBSE- for free. KVS, NVS, CBSE have been asked to hold parent conferences, to create awareness around these resources.

  2. Letters have been written to states to review how the burden of text books can be reduced.

Promise in Manifesto

Establish a national E-Library to empower school teachers and students.

Delivered

  1. For the first time, a comprehensive National E-library, is being developed, to provide easy access to e-content and e-books for schools, colleges and researchers. Over 12 lakh publications have already been digitized. A public campaign will soon be launched.

Promise in Manifesto

Initiate a multi-country student exchange programme for broadening the horizon of school going children.

Delivered

  1. For the first time, Shodh Yatri, is being implemented to enable students of Std 10 and 11, to visit select Asian countries, to trace historical trails (i. ShodhYatri to Sri Lanka (Search for Buddha’s Footprints), ii. ShodhYatri to Thailand (Search for India’s contribution), iii. ShodhYatri to Myanmar (Burma), iv. ShodhiYatri to Bangladesh (Search for Martyrs & Freedom Fighters), v. ShodhYatri to Cambodia (Angkor Vat).

  2. For the first time, students of JNVs will interact with students from the UK, through an online platform.

  3. For the first time, through Seema Darshan, students from across the nation, will be encouraged to visit soldiers on the borders (Akhnoor, Attari and Amritsar) to develop a better understanding and convey the nation’s gratitude for their services. The visits will take place during the week of January 2016.

  4. For the first time, select Sindhi Students will be sent on tour to enable them to trace their cultural roots. These will be countries to which Sindhis trace their roots, as well as regions within the country where Sindhis have settled.

  5. Students have been sent to Japan and we have hosted students from Nepal,Bangladesh and Bhutan under Student Exchange Program.

Promise in Manifesto

Creative talents of students will be recognized and encouraged.

Delivered

  1. For the first time, a national competition platform for government school children to showcase Indian performing arts and culture, Kala Utsav, was held. In 2015, 1500+ students, 300+ schools, 144 types of performances by 36 states+UTs were showcased. Prizes of over 1 lakh given to winners.

  2. For the first time, CBSE Expression series has been launched as a series of essay competitions to promote writing, research and communication skills. Over 7,93,417 students have participated in these competitions which covered topics like Sri. Pingali Venkayya, Gurutsav on the Teacher’s Day, Mahatma Gandhi and sanitation, Rashtriya Ekta Diwas, Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya Young scientific minds of India, Bal Swachhata Mission.

Promise in Manifesto

Enhancing the pivotal role of the teachers by reworking the work culture of teacher training institutions with a goal to prepare committed and performing teachers.

Delivered

  1. For the first time, the Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya Mission on Teachers and Teaching has been launched and is holistically addressing issues related to teachers and training. The Mission will build a strong professional cadre of teachers by addressing all issues related to teachers, teaching, teacher preparation, professional development, curriculum design, designing and developing assessment & evaluation methodology, research in Pedagogy and developing effective Pedagogy.

  2. Curriculum of all teacher education programmes revised and modernised with the introduction inter-alia of ICT, gender sensitization, working with children with special needs and yoga.

  3. Four year integrated programme for BA/B.Sc., B.Ed (after +2) has been approved by NCTE

  4. 14 teacher education courses have been reformed and revised

  5. NCTE, the regulator for teacher education, is being reviewed by an expert committee.

  6. For the first time, the GIAN (Global Initiative for Academic Network) is enabling world class educators from across the globe to “Teach in India”. This initiative will augment the country’s existing academic resources, accelerate the pace of quality reform and elevate India’s scientific and technological capacity. 243 international teachers have already been approved to teach in India, while an additional 270 proposals are in the process of being finalised.

  7. The following proactive initiatives are also being taken to improve teach quality in the country:

    1. Develop a system of inspection of teacher training institutes and integrating them with higher education.

    2. Streamline pre-service teacher training into the university system and to weed out sub-standard stand alone institutes.

    3. Develop a ranking framework for Teacher Education Institutes

    4. Review and strengthen Academic Staff Colleges

    5. Review the TET and NET paper setting teams, and update the question banks

    6. Review teacher training curriculum changes that have been recently approved, especially with respect to the 20 week in-class training. Create a system of linkages to enable teacher-students to undertake their practical training in government schools by working closely with States to enable process and monitor.

    7. Develop train the trainer modules and conduct training workshops across the nation

    8. Implement a “Bring Teachers Back to School” campaign, with the support of Village Education Committees and School Management Committees, to ensure that existing teacher absenteeism is tackled.

    9. Leverage retired teachers

    10. Streamline the award and recognition system for teachers, along with identifying transparent criteria to send teachers for international trainings.

    11. Replicate the New Faculty New Hope initiative, and identify meritorious young faculty members in Higher Education who can be given additional resources for quality research.

    12. Involve NITTRs in developing vocational curriculum and teachers at the school level.

    13. Develop an online MOOC platform for teacher training, primarily focused on providing in-service training.

    14. Review DIETs, SCERTs, CRCs and BRCs

    15. Identify various international partners, with whom MHRD has MOUs, and leverage their expertise for the above mentioned points, wherever possible.

Promise in Manifesto

A mechanism for close interaction between industry (including SME), academia and community would be instituted.

Delivered

  1. The National Apprenticeship Training Scheme is a one year programme equipping technically qualified youth with practical knowledge and skills required in their field of work through on the job training. At the end of the training period the apprentices are issued a Certificate of Proficiency by Government of India which can be registered at all employment exchanges across India as valid employment experience. The apprentices are placed for training at Central, State and Private organizations which have excellent training facilities, regional Boards of Apprentices Training (BOAT). For the first time, a national web portal to consolidate and streamline recruitment by various regional Boards of Apprentices Training (BOAT) placement exchanges has been launched. This will ensure streamlined matching of employers with potential apprentices. The portal is available in English, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali and Tamil. Over 35000 students have already registered via this portal.
  2. DEEN DAYAL UPADHYAY KAUSHAL KENDRAS are being setup in universities to run courses from certificate to PG degree and research level in the field of Skill Development and Vocational Education. These Centres will also coordinate between the Higher Education System and Industry. 65 KAUSHAL Kendras have already been approved by UGC and funds have been released.
  3. 37 new start-up parks/research parks are being set up with the coordination of Dept of Science and Technology covering all the IITs, NITs and some IIITs/Central Universities, to incubate start-ups and hand-hold them till they reach the stage of commercialization. IIT Madras’s Research Park has already become fully functional.
  4. For the first time, the ‘Uchatar Avishkar Yojna’ has been launched and is creating industry-academia partnerships for research. Ministry has announced an annual investment of Rs. 250 crore.
  5. For the first time, SAMVAY, a Credit Framework has been launched to provide students the flexibility to move between formal, vocational streams of education and the job market.
  6. For the first time, YUKTI (Yogya Kalakriti ki takneeki) is being implemented with the aim of skill development and and enhancing the economic prospects of those engaged in traditional arts and crafts.
  7. An initiative as a part of the PMKVY is being launched to encourage all the 10,000 technical institutions (engineering and polytechnic) to provide engineering skills (through part-time courses of 6 to 8 m months duration) to at least 100 unemployed youth using their infrastructure after college-hours. The training costs would be met by the central government and the placement of the trained youth is the responsibility of the institution. This is expected to provide high quality skilled persons required for the Make in India campaign.
  8. Adjunct faculty from Industry have been permitted to teach in Higher Education Institutes.
  9. Engineering colleges have been given permission to use infrastructure as skill centers.

Promise in Manifesto

Needs assessment exercise will be done for identifying the future needs across sectors, and the same would be used for developing appropriate courses for higher education, to ensure that the country has adequate manpower for every sector, both established and emerging, in the economy.

Delivered

  1. As part of the New Education Policy Consultation process, the Ministry of HRD is working with 13 other line ministries to identify cross sector needs in terms of skill building and manpower.

  2. For the first time ever, the Government has launched an initiative named IMPacting Research Innovation and Technology (IMPRINT) to address the major science and engineering challenges that India must address and champion to enable, empower and embolden the nation for inclusive growth and self-reliance. About Rs. 1000 crore has been committed.

Promise in Manifesto

Will provide autonomy with steps to ensure accountability for institutions of higher learning.

Delivered

  1. Conference of Vice Chancellor, meetings of directors of NIT & IIT and timely Council/ Board meeting of IIT, NITs and other autonomous institutions have ensured greater accountability and quicker action by these Institutions. This has resulted in announcements being implemented in shorter period of time.

  2. For the first time, a portal with information of over 51,000 accredited colleges, KNOW YOUR COLLEGE PORTAL, has been launched as a searchable database of detailed profiles of each institution. It also allows students to lodge grievances online. A mobile version has also been available. The portal has received 4,65,561 hits.

  3. The SPA and IIIT Bills were passed by Parliament.

  4. The draconian Higher Education and Research Bill was withdrawn.

Promise in Manifesto

will raise the standard of education and research, so that Indian universities become at par with the top global universities and find their place in the global league.

Delivered

  1. For the first time, the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) has been launched to benchmark performance of HEIs based on the following parameters: Teaching, Learning and Resources, Research and Professional Practices, Graduation Outcomes, Outreach and Inclusivity, and Perception. Universities and Colleges are required to register and submit their data online through the NIRF portal.

  2. For the first time ever, the Government has launched an initiative named IMPacting Research Innovation and Technology (IMPRINT) to address the major science and engineering challenges that India must address and champion to enable, empower and embolden the nation for inclusive growth and self-reliance. About Rs. 1000 crore has been committed.

  3. For the first time, a BRICS Network University is being established to deliver short-term Training, Joint Research Projects as well as Master’s and Ph.D. Programmes across BRIC nations.

  4. MoU have been signed between India & Israel, UK, Australia and Norway to specifically partner in the fields of research and training.

Promise in Manifesto

The credibility of the regulatory bodies shall be restored. The procedures to make appointments to senior positions shall be made transparent and merit and ability shall be the sole criterion.

Delivered

  1. The UGC & AICTE have been reviewed by Expert Committees, and their recommendations are being viewed.
  2. The following actions are to be undertaken in view of the recommendations of the UGC Review Committee, for restructuring of the UGC:
  3. A comparative statement of current status of staffing in UGC, the staffing as proposed in UGC Act, the staffing as proposed in the Report and the requirement of staffing is to be prepared.
  4. The basis on which UGC arrives at academic decisions is to be examined and brought out. The idea of a think tank in UGC to supplement its expertise is to be supported. This will also be useful in finalizing academic exchanges with other countries.
  5. The basis on which grants are disbursed by the UGC and whether these basis have been formulated after consultation with the Govt. are to be ascertained. It is also to be ascertained as to how many colleges have been receiving funding from the ICSSR as Research Institutes.
  6. A special audit of Delhi colleges (Transaction and Performance Audit) is to be undertaken to bring out the expenditure incurred by them, the grants given by the UGC and whether the commitments given by these colleges, while being established and while receiving funding, have been honoured. It is also to be ascertained as to whether the benefits of UGC funding have been passed on to the students in terms of subsidized education ie. lower fees, hostel expenses etc.
  7. A national mapping of UGC funding to Higher Educational Institutions has to be prepared. The coverage of small and distant Colleges, Colleges located in Tribal belt, Women and Dalit colleges under UGC funding is to be ascertained and shown.
  8. Infrastructure audit of all UGC Inter-University Centres and UGC administered institutions is to undertaken.
  9. The concept of holding a Research Aptitude Test for deciding the eligibility of candidates for receiving UGC research funding is to be examined.
  10. White papers on Deemed to be Universities and State private universities have to be brought out.
  11. There will be no new regulatory body for distance education; distance education will continue to be regulated by the UGC.
  12. It was noted that several higher educational institutions are generating income from receipt of non refundable application fee, counselling fee etc. This practice should be immediately examined.
  13. The coverage of students under the Consumer Protection Bill, 2015 is to be urgently examined.
  14. The Higher Education Department is to explore the Finnish concept of minimum qualifications of teachers.
  15. Measures are to be taken for ensuring original research and uploading of Ph.D theses on the designated website.
  16. Measures are to be taken for ensuring effective e-governance in the UGC.
  17. The following are the recommendations made by the Committee to strengthen the AICTE:
  18. AICTE should be converted into a constitutional autonomous apex authority.
  19. AICTE may function as a facilitating, mentoring agency rather than regulatory body.
  20. AICTE should focus attention on research, innovation, business startups and patenting.
  21. Third party rating should be used as the fulcrum of regulation. Norms shall measure outcomes rather than be obsessed with physical inputs.
  22. AICTE should improve the functioning of the sub-standard technical institutions with the help of senior faculty drawn from higher technical institutions.
  23. There should be a provision for undergraduate students to undergo internship on the job training with industry.
  24. The National Board of Accreditation should be the umbrella authority charged with the power to recognize accreditation agencies.
  25. There should be a National Testing Service which conducts a Joint Entrance Examination for engineering courses and a Common Admission Test for management courses. Exit tests like GATE shall also be made universal.
  26. AICTE should have its permanent establishment of manpower and experienced persons from industry should be taken on deputation.
  27. Affiliation should be phased out within a decade and AICTE should regulate, mentor and develop technical institutions.
  28. Distance and life-long education should be promoted with the help of information technology such as MOOCs and other emerging blended learning practices.
  29. Technical and Vocational education should be dovetailed into one another by a liberal regime of transfer of credits between institutions.
  30. MHRD should enhance the plan allocation of funds to AICTE.
  31. AICTE goal should be to establish India as a technical education super-power within the next decade.

The  recommendations of the AICTE Review Committee have already been implemented:

  1. Ministry has launched National Institutional Ranking Framework on 29th September, 2015
  2. In case of Vocational Education, all Technical Institutions have been actively adopted the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS), which allows transfers of credit between Institutions/Universities.
  3. Ministry is formulating SWAYAM, a platform for delivering high quality MOOCs courses, free of cost, covering all subjects from the school to higher education level including the technical education.
  1. The NCTE is currently being reviewed by an Expert Committee, which will submit its recommendations by April 2015.

Promise in Manifesto

 UGC will be restructured and it will be transformed into a Higher Education Commission rather than just being a grant distribution agency.

Delivered

  1. Since the UGC is governed by an Act of Parliament, the Ministry has taken a decision not to restructure it into a Higher Education Commission.

  2. The Government recognizes the need for restructuring the University Grants Commission and has constituted a UGC Expert Review Committee, on 30th July, 2014.

Promise in Manifesto

We will revisit the Apprenticeship Act to facilitate our youth to Earn while they Learn.

Delivered

  1. For the first time, a national web portal for consolidation and streamlining of recruitment through the various regional Boards of Apprentices Training (BOAT) placement exchanges has been launched. This will ensure streamlined matching of employers with potential candidates. Over 35000 students have already registered via this portal.

Promise in Manifesto

Would set up Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) and virtual classrooms to make it convenient for working class people and housewives to further their knowledge and qualifications.

Delivered

For the first time, a national MOOCs platform- SWAYAM– is being developed which will make online classes by leading institutes (IITs, IIMs, etc) available for free to all students. 10th and 12th board courses to be included, apart from certificate, diploma and certain semesters of degree courses. When completed, it would bring in interactive eContent on MOOCs format of more than 2.5 lakh hours which would make it the world’s biggest repository of interactive electronic learning resource under a single window. About 35,000 hours of content has already been developed.

Promise in Manifesto

Integrating the Nation – Its Vastness and Voices

Delivered

  1. For the first time, Unnat Bharat Abhiyan, has been launched to ensure that centrally funded institutions will adopt villages to focus on solutions for water management, organic farming, renewable energy, frugal technology, infrastructure and livelihood. Over 130 villages are already adopted by IITs, IISER and NITs.
  2. For the first time, the ISHAN UDAY SCHOLARSHIP scheme has been launched to provide equal opportunities to students from the North Eastern Region to pursue higher education at undergraduate colleges and universities across the country. University Grants Commission is offering scholarships to 10,000 students from the Northeast annually whose parental income is less than Rs. 4.5 Lakhs.
  3. For the first time, ISHAN VIKAS, has been launched and is being implemented to expose selected students from the Northeast to opportunities in the IITs, NITs, IISERs during their vacation period. School Children, will be taken on a fully-funded 10 day visit to any one reputed higher education institution in the country to participate in a well-designed awareness programme.
  4. For the first time, a handbook on curriculum adaptations for inclusive classrooms has been released by NCERT to streamline education of children with special needs, along with training for all primary school teachers across the country to ensure implementation.
  5. With the active support provided by the Sarva Shikha Abhiyan, over 25 lakh children with special needs have been enrolled in elementary education
  6. SAKSHAM Scheme of AICTE provides scholarship meritorious differently-abled students to pursue a technical education at AICTE approved institutions, helping them meet their college aspirations.
  7. All university campuses are being made barrier free.
  8. IIT Fees have been waived off for all differently-abled students
  9. The Bharatvani Portal is being developed as India’s premier multi-lingual knowledge database which will cover texts, dictionaries and other multi-media content in the 22 schedules languages. Focus will also be given to knowledge resources for learning Indian languages.
  10. A committee has been set up under the chairmanship of Shri N. Gopalaswami, Chancellor, Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, Tirupati, to suggest a long term vision and road map for next few years for the development of Sanskrit.
  11. Sindhi Chair has been established at Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati University, Ajmer on 8.7.2015. An amount of Rs.1 Crore has been released to the University as Corpus Fund by National Council for Promotion of Sindhi Language (NCPSL), an autonomous organization under this Ministry.
  12. Another Sindhi Chair has been established at Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore on November, 2015. NCPSL has also released Rs.1 Crore as a Corpus Fund for establishing the Sindhi Chair.
  13. A National Council for Kashmiri Languages is in the final stages of being formed.
  14. The process for forming a Gurukul Board has been initiated.

Promise in Manifesto

Decentralization and People’s Participation : From Representative to Participatory Democracy

Delivered

  1. For the first time ever, a democratic, grassroots, consultative process has been undertaken to formulate the New Education Policy:
  2. Grassroots Consultations through State Partnerships in 2.5 lakh Gram Panchayat, 6600 blocks, 650+ Districts, Urban Bodies/ Municipalities and 36 States/UTS
  3. 6 Regional Meetings
  4. Online Citizen Engagement through MyGov.in
  5. National Consultations
  6. Over 200 Thematic consultations

Promise in Manifesto

leverage technology for e-Governance and engage proactively with the people through social media for participative governance and effective public grievance redressal mechanism.

Delivered

  1. The Students’ Grievances Redressal Portal has been launched to facilitate students/complainants to lodge their grievance, send reminders, status of action taken regarding their grievances. The basic aim of the portal is to ensure transparency in admission, prevent unfair practices in Higher Education Institutions and provide effective mechanism for redressal of the grievances. The portal has received over 1,13,700 hits.
  2. National Scholarships Portal has been launched as an end to end solution for scholarships, including submission of student application, verification, sanction and disbursal to end beneficiary for all the scholarships provided by the Government of India.

Not only were all party manifesto commitments delivered, Smriti Irani also rolled back the controversial FYUP in Delhi University, ensured establishment of University in Motihari (Bihar). Also long pending issues regarding regulations for deemed university and foreign collaborations for universities have been resolved. Women Mphil and Phd students can now avail of maternity leaves and can migrate to different locations without breaking their education thanks to Smriti Iranis initiative. For the first time the SAARC Declaration for education has been signed and a bust of Aryabhatta finds its place at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. Finally IIT and NIT fees have been waived for students from economically weaker sections, sc/sts and physically disabled.