Ministry of HRD - Year End Summary, PIB, Major Schemes, Achievements 2017 (Download PDF)

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For ‘Transforming India’ , Ministry of Human Resource Development took a leap forward in transforming education sector with the motto of “सबको शिक्षा, अच्छी शिक्षा” (Education for All, Quality Education) .

Ministerial Summary 2017 PIB (Current Affairs/Gs 2018)

Learning Outcomes

  • Rules to the RTE Act were amended in February 2017 to include, for the first time, the class wise, subject wise Learning Outcomes till Class VIII, thereby emphasizing the importance of quality education.

National Achievement Survey 2017 - 18

  • Earlier based on textbook content is now a competency based evaluation.
  • This survey is an improvement over the previous cycles of NAS as it will be completed in the one full academic year.
  • For the first time that the teachers will have a tool to understand what exactly the child should be learning in various classes, how to teach.
  • Adding to this, for the first time there will be detailed district-specific report cards for all the districts in the country.

Teacher Education

Major Reforms:

  • Introduction of four year B. Ed. integrated programme with multiple pathways.
  • All existing Teacher Education Institutions will be introduced from the academic session 2019 - 2020.
  • Guideline on Strengthening of District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs) .
  • DIKSHA (Digital Infrastructure for Knowledge Sharing)

Amendment of the RTE Act for Training of In-service Untrained Teachers:

  • Amendment to the Section 23 (2) of the RTE Act to extend the period for training of untrained in-service elementary teachers to 31st March, 2019.
  • This would ensure an improvement in the overall quality of teachers and teaching processes, and consequently learning outcomes of children.
  • The online D. El. Ed. Course has already been started from 3rd October, 2017.

Distribution of tablets in Kendriya Vidyalayas

  • Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan has initiated a pilot project for connecting students and their teachers.
  • The students of class VIII in 25 Kendriya Vidyalayas (one KV from each Region) shall be provided with good quality Tablets on pilot basis.
  • Every child shall be given a tablet with pre-loaded content in Maths & Science.

Introduction of e-material/courses for Principals/HMs, teachers and students -

  • The CIET-NCERT is developing e-materials and online courses for teachers and students.
  • NUEPA has established the National Centre for School Leadership (NCSL) .

Two Days՚ National Workshop – Chintan Shivir

  • Organized by the Department of School Education and Literacy

Ek Bharat Shresth Bharat - National Level Camp

  • A Social Science Exhibition cum National Integration Camp was organized by the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi.
  • In 2017 this was enhanced to 30 % . It is expected this will further increase to around 40 % by April, 2018.
  • The SHAGUN portal was launched in January 2017 to enable real time monitoring of the SSA components and various decisions on elementary education.

NCERT to distribute over 6 crore textbooks

  • NCERT launched a portal in August, 2017 to facilitate individuals, schools, States and UTs to directly purchase textbooks.
  • NCERT has received orders for about 3.11 crore copies.
  • It is expected that NCERT will be printing and distributing over 6 crore textbooks by June, 2018.

Awarding cleanest schools under Swachh Vidyalaya

Capturing Aadhaar based data of all 25 crore school students and creation of a Students Data Management and Information System (SDMIS) by 2018

Providing gender segregated toilets in all schools

  • ‘Swachh Vidyalaya’ was also recognized as one of the priority programmes for Prime Minister՚s Excellence Award for 2016.


National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme (NMMSS) :

National Scheme of Incentive to Girls for Secondary Scholarship (NSIGSE) :

Other achievements of the Department of SE&L

  • A Bill for amending the no-detention provision under the RTE Act and allowing States to detain a student at Classes 5 and 8 has been introduced in the Lok Sabha.
  • Board examinations made mandatory for 10th in all CBSE Schools.
  • Mid Day Meal scheme offers food every day to 9.78 crore students in 11.40 lakh schools and 25.38 lakh cooks are employed in preparing it.
  • 3 Crore illiterates became literate and passed the literacy test in adult literacy campaign.
  • 93 Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) started during last 3 years and 19 KVs are to be started shortly.
  • 62 new Navodaya Vidyalas sanctioned.

New Education Policy (NEP)

  • A New Education Policy is being formulated after nearly 30 years.
  • MHRD has embarked on an unprecedented collaborative, multi- stakeholder and multi-pronged consultation process.

National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF)

  • Launched on 29th September 2015, ranks institutions based on objective and verifiable criteria.
  • It has been made available separately for Engineering, Management, Pharmaceutical, Architecture, Humanities, Law and for Universities.
  • The first ranks were declared on 4th April 2016.
  • The second India Rankings were released in April 2017.

SWAYAM (Study Webs of Active Learning for Young Aspiring Minds)

  • The Ministry of HRD, has embarked on a major and new initiative called ‘Study Webs of Active Learning for Young Aspiring Minds’ (SWAYAM) ,
  • Courses delivered through SWAYAM are available free of cost to the learners and are delivered by best of the teaching fraternity.


  • It is an initiative to provide 32 high quality educational channels through DTH (Direct to Home) across the length and breadth of the country on 24 7 basis.
  • This would enable to deliver e-education in a most cost effective manner.
  • The subscribers of free DTH service of Doordarshan (Free dish) would be able to view these Educational channels using the same set Top Box and TV.
  • These educational programmes delivered over DTH shall also be made available at YouTube as archival data.

National Academic Depository (NAD)

  • Initiative of digital depository of academic awards.
  • NAD is an online store house of academic awards (degrees, diplomas, certificates, mark-sheets etc) lodged by the academic institutions/school boards/eligibility assessment bodies in a digital format.

National Digital Library (NDL)

  • Objective to host a national repository of existing e-content available across educational institutions in the country and e-content developed under NMEICT.
  • IIT Kharagpur has been entrusted to host, coordinate and set-up National Digital Library (NDL) of India towards building a national asset.

Higher Education Financing Agency (HEFA)

  • The Cabinet has approved creation of the Higher Education Financing Agency (HEFA) with Government equity of ₹ 1,000 Cr.
  • The creation of HEFA will enable major investments for creation of high quality infrastructure in premier educational institutions.
  • HEFA has now been incorporated as Section 8 Company under the Companies Act, 2013

India Survey on Higher Education

  • All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) was initiated in 2011 in which data for the year 2010 - 11 were collected.
  • The survey was utmost necessary as none of the sources of data on Higher education gave a complete picture of higher education in the country.

Swachhta Pakhwada

  • ′ Swachhta Rankings ″ of Higher Educational Institutions.

Research Parks

  • Five new Research Parks at IIT Delhi, IIT Guwahati, IIT Kanpur, IIT Hyderabad, and IISc Bangalore have been approved by the Government.

    Imprint India

  • IMPRINT India is an effort to direct research in the premier institutions into areas of social relevance.
  • More than 2,600 research proposals have been submitted by scientists in the priority areas of these domains.

Uchchtar Aavishkar Abhiyaan

  • Launched to promote industry-specific need-based research so as to keep up the competitiveness of the Indian industry in the global market.
  • Under the UAY, it is proposed to invest ₹ 250 crores every year on identified projects proposed by IITs, provided the Industry contributes 25 % of the project cost.

Other Initiatives

  • Improving Gender Balance in IITs: Increase female enrolment in B. Tech. Programmes of IITs from the current 8 % to 14 % in 2018 - 19,17 % in 2019 - 20 and 20 % in 2020 - 21 by creating supernumerary seats.
  • Premier Testing Facility: Approved creation of the National Testing Agency (NTA) as an autonomous and self-sustained premier testing organization.
  • Several welfare measures have been introduced.
  • Six new IITs at Jammu, Bhilai, Goa, Dharwad, Tirupati and Palakkad were established.
  • The proposal for construction of permanent campuses of these IITs was approved.
  • Global Initiative for Academics Network (GIAN) : Under this Scheme, foreign schemes are coming and conducting courses, out of which 802 courses have been completed. In 2017 - 18, a total of 156 courses have been conducted till now.
  • Smart India Hackathon 2017: First time India organized Smart India Hackathon 2017.
  • University Grants Commission (Open and Distance Learning) Regulations, 2017 have been recently notified in the month of June, 2017 keeping in view the urgent need of appropriate regulations for monitoring of higher education through the open and distance mode.
  • UGC (Institutions of Eminence Deemed to be Universities) Regulations, 2017 have been notified to create a distinct category of Deemed to be Universities, called Institutions of Eminence Deemed to be Universities.

Major Legislative Reforms

  • IIT Public Private Partnership Bill - Lok Sabha passed on 26th July 2017, that seeks to allow 15 IIITs established on a PPP model to grant degrees
  • National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) : The first ranks were declared on 4th April 2016. The second India Rankings were released in April 2017.
  • Passing of IIM Bill, 2017 by Lok Sabha. All IIMs are separate autonomous bodies registered under the Societies Act.
  • After approval of the Cabinet, IIM Bill, 2017 was introduced in the Lok Sabha, under which the IIMs would be declared as Institutions of National Importance and which will enable them to grant degrees to their students.

Salient Features of IIM Bill

  • Provides for complete autonomy to the Institutions, combined with adequate accountability.
  • A greater participation of experts and alumni in the Board.
  • Provision has also been made for presence of women and members from Scheduled Castes/Tribes in the Board.
  • Provides for periodic review of the performance of Institutions.
  • The Annual Report of the Institutions will be placed in the Parliament and CAG will be auditing their accounts.

Important Achievements of NCERT

Inclusive Education: The Council has developed the Tactile Map Book in Geography for students.

Performance Indicators: NCERT has developed a Framework for Performance Indicators (PINDICS) for elementary school teachers and shared with States/UTs.

Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan (RAA) : NCERT has developed Guidelines for the creation of State Resource Group for RAA.

Textual Material on Yoga: For students of Upper Primary and Secondary stages in English, Hindi and Urdu have been developed by NCERT.

Veer Gatha: NCERT has developed “Veer Gatha” highlighting the sacrifices and patriotism of the war heroes of the country.

Vocational Education: Under NSQF, the NCERT has developed students՚ workbooks and modules for various job roles in different sectors.

Contribution in Pre-service Teacher Education: B. Sc. B. Ed. (four year) , B. A. B. Ed. (four year) and B. Ed. (two year) have now been replicated across the country since 2015.

  • Kala Utsav: It is being organized in January, 2018 at Bhopal
  • Development of e-content and digital books in all the subject areas for all the classes.
  • Conducting school achievement survey for class X.
  • Establishment of a Centre for Popularisation of Science.
  • Enhancing International Educational Cooperation.
  • Organising activities for promoting innovative practices.
  • Organising National Outreach Programme Workshop on Practices of Inclusion.

Initiatives taken by Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan

  • Launches Swasth Bachche-Swasth Bharat Programme
  • KVS and Council of Scientific & Industrial Research joined hands by signing a Memorandum of Understanding on 6th July 2017.
  • The new venture named as ‘Jigyasa’ is an initiative to inculcate scientific temper among young students the MoU ‘Jigyasa’ .

Major Initiatives in school building construction

  • During the year 2017 - 18 total 43 new Kendriya Vidyalayas under Civil/Defence/Project/IHL Sector have been opened and made functional.
  • Green Building Initiative: An initiative for maximising the conservation and optimum utilisation of resources and enhancing the efficiency of the systems and operations.
  • Development of web based project monitoring system.


  • For the first time, the induction Training and one month Certificate Course in School Leadership and Administration of 82 newly appointed Principals
  • Addition to the regular in-service training courses conducted by the ZIETs and KVs across the country.
  • Gifting Old Books to juniors.

Achievements of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan

KV Pitampura՚s Dance bags first prize in Republic Day Parade

Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan bags Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar

Avani Lekhara wins Silver for Country at the World Shooting Para Sport World Cup in the UAE


Best Child Artist Award to a KVian by Kerala State Film Awards - Abeni Aadhi of Class III, KV Pattom (Shift – I) got the best child artist award (female) by Kerala State Film Awards-2016, for her debut performance in Siddharth Siva՚s Kochavva Paulo Ayyappa Coelho.

KVS in 70 Icons of Modern India selected by India Today Group

KV Pattom Top Govt Day School - In the ‘Education World India School Rankings’ for the third consecutive year.


Online admission process: From the session 2017 - 18, admission in all the classes done online.

E-Office: Introduction of e-office at KVS Hqrs in first phase for ensuring speedy disposal and accountability in the system and create paperless environment.

E-Prajna: 5000 Students in 25 KVs in 25 states will get pre-loaded tablets.

Establishing Language Labs/e-Classrooms: In order to strengthen spoken skills in Languages, 276 language labs are under commission.

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- Published/Last Modified on: January 7, 2018

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