District Primary Education Programme (DPEP), 1994

The District Primary Education programme (DPEP), 1994

The District Primary Education Programme (DPEP) has been approved as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme of the Government of India for primary education development. As of now the process of planning has been completed for 42 districts in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Haryana, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Ten districts in West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh have initiated the project planning process recently.

The objective of the programme is to gradually extend the coverage to all the districts. The pace of expansion would depend upon the availability of resources and in states where the Programme is now being started on the pace and quality of implementation in the districts now chosen. The attempt would be to start the Programme in at least 10 districts in the Eighth Five Year Plan with an estimated outlay of Rs. 1950 crores ( 10 million = 1 crore) of which Rs. 1720 crores are proposed to be drawn from external sources.

DPEP came to an end in 2000 when the Country launched one of the another centrally sponsored programmes, namely Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) which aimed to achieve universal elementary education of satisfactory quiclity by 2020?

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