Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, the Minister of Education, makes a major step, approving the PGI for 2019-20

The Performance Grading Index (PGI) 2019-20 for States and Union Territories, which was introduced with a set of 70 characteristics to bring about improvement in school education, was approved by Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal on Sunday

Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal authorised the Performance Grading Index (PGI) 2019-20 for States and Union Territories on Sunday, as lakhs of Class 12 students across the country await the publication of the CBSE Class 12 Board Exam 2021. It should be remembered that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre launched PGI with a set of 70 characteristics to bring about a comprehensive transformation in the current education system in Indian schools. The PGI for States and Union Territories was first issued in 2019 with reference to the 2017-18 fiscal year.

The PGI exercise ‘envisages that the index would propel States and UTs towards undertaking multi-pronged interventions that will bring about the much-desired optimal education outcomes,’ according to a statement released by the Union Education Ministry. “The PGI assists States/UTs in identifying gaps and prioritising areas for intervention to ensure that the school education system is robust at all levels,” the statement continued. Punjab, Chandigarh, Tamil Nadu, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, and Kerala received the highest grade (A++) for 2019-20, while the overall PGI score of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Puducherry, Punjab, and Tamil Nadu improved by 10%. “In the PGI domain: Governance Process, nineteen states and territories have improved by 10% (36 points) or more. Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andhra Pradesh, and West Bengal have all improved by at least 20% (72 points or more), according to the report “it declares.

Meanwhile, a 12-member committee was created by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Friday to select well-defined objective criteria for the evaluation of lakhs of Class 12 students. PM Modi, for example, cancelled the CBSE Class 12 Board Exam 2021 on June 1 due to the coronavirus outbreak. The committee will include Vipin Kumar, the Joint Secretary of Education, Commissioners of the Kendriya and Navodaya Vidyalayas, and members from the CBSE and the University Grants Commission, among others. The committee has been given ten days to present its report.

The Minister emphasised the importance of continuing the states’ and UTs’ coordinated efforts from the previous year, as well as reaching out to the most vulnerable and marginalised children during this pandemic period. He went on to say that in 2020-21, the Department will launch a number of initiatives aimed at promoting ongoing learning during the pandemic. These include the development of DIKSHA under PM eVIDYA, DTH TV channels under the SWAYAM PRABHA TV channel bouquet, online NISHTHA training for DIKSHA teachers, and the launch of Manodarpan to meet the socio-emotional and psychological requirements of children, among others.

On the 4th of May, 2021, the Department released a thorough COVID Response document that outlines a detailed action plan with timetables for all stakeholders involved in access, retention, continuous learning, capacity building, and stakeholder engagement. Furthermore, the states have already received Rs 5228 crore in ad-hoc funds under Samagra Shiksha, and another Rs 2500 crore will be issued soon to assure the continuation of various educational initiatives by the states and UTs.

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