The word "Shagun" is coined from two words – 'Shala', meaning Schools and 'Gunvatta' meaning Quality.

Designing and implementing effective schemes, comprehensive physical and financial monitoring of the schemes, measuring outcomes through an objective evaluation process and sharing best practices in the sector are critical components for ensuring a quality school education system. The details of all these activities pursued by this Department are captured in this website.

Schemes, Programmes and Institutions

Samagra Shiksha , which is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme, is the largest intervention of this Department and covers all components of school education from classes 1 to 12. Mid-Day Meal, which is also a Centrally Sponsored Scheme, is the second largest and caters to the nutritional aspects of the school going child. The Central sector schemes, viz. 1) Adult Education, 2) Umbrella Programme for Development of Minorities, 3) National Means cum Merit Scholarship, 4) Incentive to Girl Child for Secondary Education and 5) National Award to Teachers are also implemented by this Department.

The Autonomous Institutions play an important role in implementing and regulating the policies of the Government. Each of these institutions, viz. Kendriya Vidyalay Sangathan (KVS), Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS), Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), National Bal Bhavan (NBB) and Central Tibetan Schools Administration (CTSA) have specific roles to play. E-learning platforms like e-pathshala and National Repository of Open Educational Resources (NROER) are provided by NCERT. Digital Infrastructure for Knowledge Sharing (DIKSHA), a joint initiative of the States, UTs and the Central Government, is also a repository of e-learning contents for students and teachers. National Initiative for School Heads and Teachers (NISTHA) is an Integrated Teacher Training programme which will be launched shortly.

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Monitoring Mechanism

Monitoring of the schemes are done through collection of real time data, providing detailed geographical and other vital information relating to the school to the general public, cross verifying data at several levels and presenting the collated data in an organised format to use it for analysis and evidence based decision making. The UDISE+ system comprising several components (viz. GIS based mapping, Third Party Verification and Data Analytics) are used for these purposes. The PMS online monitoring system tracks the physical progress of the projects and the flow of funds to and expenditure incurred by the States and UTs. The Shagun online monitoring system collects information on several macro parameters relating to School Education system of the States and UTs.

The Dashboard gives a snapshot of the Key Performance Indicators in the education sector at the All India and State/UT level. It also provides a bird’s eye view of the schemes implemented and the salient features of the Institutions under the administrative control of this Department.

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Measuring Outcomes

The Performance Grading Index (PGI) is an automated system which grades the performance of States and UTs on the basis of 70 indicators. Within the next three months a similar index will be launched to grade the districts also. Similarly, each government school will be graded on the basis of the infrastructure facilities through a programme called Shagunotsav. The grading for all the three categories will be done every year.

India will participate in the internationally acclaimed Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in the 2021 cycle after a gap of 12 years. This will help in aligning our education system to the ones which is the best in the world.

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Sharing Best Practices and Community Participation

The Shagun Repository contains videos, testimonials, images and case studies of best practices of the Central Government, the Autonomous bodies and the States and UTs in the school education sector. The Vidyanjali application provides a virtual meeting place of the school authorities with those who want to help the schools either through donation in cash or kind or by sharing experiences with the school children.

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