Cabinet Approves Rs. 5,718 Crore World Bank Aided Project-‘STARS’


                                             For Improving School Education

The Union Cabinet on October 14 chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has approved the following:

• Implementation of the Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States (STARS) project with a total project cost of Rs 5718 crore with the financial support of World Bank amounting to US $ 500 million (approximately Rs. 3700 crore).

• STARS project would be implemented as a new Centrally Sponsored Scheme under Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Education. (MOE)

• Setting up and support to the National Assessment Centre, PARAKH as an independent and autonomous institution under Department of School Education and Literacy, MOE.

The project covers 6 States namely Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala and Odisha. The identified States will be supported tor various interventions for improving the quality of education. Besides this project, it is also envisaged to implement a similar ADB funded project in 5 states namely Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Assam. All states will partner with one other state for sharing their experiences and best practices.

The STARS project seeks to support the states in developing, implementing, evaluating and improving interventions with direct linkages to improved education outcomes and school to work transition strategies for improved labour market outcomes. The overall focus and components of the STARS project are aligned with the objectives of National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 of Quality Based Learning Outcomes.

The Project envisions improving the overall monitoring and measurement activities in the Indian School Education System through interventions in selected states. The project shifts focus from the provision of inputs and maintaining of outputs to actual outcomes by linking the receipt and disbursement of funds to these outcomes.

@Narendra Modi
The STARS project, which was approved by the Cabinet today, strengthens our efforts to transform the education sector and improve the quality of learning.

@Amit Shah
A landmark day in the Indian education sector! Modi cabinet has approved the implementation of the ‘Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States (STARS) project’ worth Rs 5718 crore. Aligned with the objectives of NEP, it will focus on Quality Based Learning Outcomes. Breaking the orthodox barriers, PM @narendramodi govt’s STARS project will be based on learning with understanding. It will help improve the quality of education by providing capacity building exercises for the teachers and focusing on monitoring of the school education system.