STARS Project – UPSC Prelims

  • The project would be implemented as a new Centrally Sponsored Scheme.
  • Aim: To improve the overall monitoring and measurement activities in the Indian school education system through interventions in selected states.
  • Coverage: The project covers 6 States: Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, and Odisha.
  • Implementation:
    • At National level, Department of School Education and Literacy (DoSEL), Ministry of Education(MOE) will be the main implementing agency.
    • At the State level, the project will be implemented through the integrated State Implementation Society(SIS) for Samagra Shiksha.
  • World Bank Funding: The World Bank’s support is primarily in the form of a results-based financing instrument called Program for Results(PforR). This will ensure major reforms at the State level through a set of disbursement-linked indicators(DLIs).
  • A State Incentive Grant(SIG) will also be used to encourage States to meet desired project outcomes.
  • Verification: An independent Verification agency(IVA) will verify each result before disbursement of funds.
  • Impact: The STARS project will be instrumental in the implementation of various recommendations of National Education Policy 2020 namely:
    • Strengthening Early Childhood Education and Foundational Learning
    • Improving Learning Assessment System
    • ICT-enabled approaches in education,
    • Teachers Development and Vocational education etc.
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