Free and compulsory education to all children up to the age of fourteen is a constitutional commitment in India. The Parliament of India had passed the Right to Education Act in 2009 through which education has become a fundamental right of all children of the age group 6-14 years.

Efforts made by the Central and State Governments have resulted in an increase in enrolment but the goal of universal school education in the real sense is still a far distant dream. Unless the efficiency of the primary level of education is improved the higher levels of education cannot be expected to receive a quantum jump in enrolment.

The site presents details of the recent initiatives undertaken in the field of Education in India including the evolution of education policy from the period 1966 to 2020. Comprehensive information is presented on all the Centrally Sponsored Schemes, such as DPEP, SSA, RMSA, Samagra Shiksha, and other such programmes. Site Also presents review of School Education Quality Index (SEQI), Performance Grading Index (PGI) & Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Details of Prime Minster’s Posh Yojana, previously known as mid-day noon meal scheme is also presented. In a separate section, details of second National Achievement Survey (November 12, 2021) to be conducted by the NCERT is presented.

In addition to the child population, the site also presents comprehensive statistics on all the levels of education including Unified District information System for Education (U-DISE) & All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE). A separate section deals with district plans with focus on planning methodology under Samagra Shiksha & presents critical review of plan formulation under flagship Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan launched in 2018 by  the Government of India. Population Projections in the age-groups of 6-11, 11-13 etc. both at the district and state level as well as Report of the Expert Committee on Population Projections set-up by the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare has also  been presented. Through the EXCEL Sheet Templet, one can project district or even block-specific child population in an year.

The author of this (Prof Arun C Mehta) site was associated with the National Institute of University of Educational & Administration (NIEPA/NUEPA), New Delhi (India) for almost four decades and learnt a lot about Educational Management Information System (EMIS), data analysis, use of indicators in planning and a host of related aspects of educational planning.   He is the founder Head of the EMIS Department at NIEPA, New Delhi.

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