According to officials, the education department has chosen 650 schools from across the state to be upgraded to PM Schools for Rising India (PM SHRI) and has submitted a plan to the federal government. According to officials, these schools' infrastructure will be upgraded in accordance with the National Education Policy (NEP), and the new program that is being created in accordance with the policy will be followed there. For the state's NEP, these institutions will serve as models.
"Across the country schools are being identified that follow the norms of infrastructure as mentioned in the NEP or have the potential to be upgraded. For that, in Rajasthan 650 schools have been identified so far covering 92% of the state and a proposal has been sent to the central government for approval. This is being done in a phase-wise manner but Rajasthan has identified maximum schools in phase 1 itself and we feel that all the schools are likely to get approved for upgradation." - ML Yadav, state project director, Samgra Shiksha Abhiyan.
Officials said that there will be two such schools in every block and so far, schools have been selected from over 240 blocks of Rajasthan. Through an online portal, schools can register for the program. Following a physical verification, a final plan is sent to the central government.
The PM SHRI is a new initiative for the development of over 14,500 schools throughout the nation by enhancing a select number of current schools run by the federal government, state governments, union territories, or municipal authorities.
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