The Union Ministry of Education had, within the framework of the Samagra Shiksha program, sanctioned a budget of ??96.82 crore for Chandigarh for fiscal year 2021-2022.
This was decided at a meeting of the Project Approval Committee (PAB) held in June of this year, the minutes of which were released recently, to review the annual work plan and budget for the program.
It was chaired by the secretary for school education and literacy and in the presence of various officials from the education directorate of UT.
Samagra Shiksha is a comprehensive program of the Union Ministry for the school education sector, spanning preschool to grade 12. It aims to promote equal opportunities for schooling and equitable learning outcomes. and includes the three programs of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) and Teacher Training (TE).
Under this scheme, the total budget of ??9,682.73 lakh had been reserved for Chandigarh this year, of which ??8,798.53 lakh is for primary education, ??860.99 lakhs for secondary and ??23.21 lakh for teacher training.
Of total funds, ??9,335.12 lakh is a recurring fee, which includes funds for the management of the program; ??269.40 lakh are one-time fees and ??78.21 lakh is last year’s overflow fund. Last year the budget was set at ??8,974.23 lakh, a little less than this year.
During the meeting, UT was asked to prioritize the allocation of funds to education rights (RTE); basic literacy and numeracy; quality initiatives such as information and communication technologies; scholarships, including scholarships for libraries and sports; gender, equity and inclusive education; and completion of pending civil works and overflow.
The Center had also pointed out that there would likely be savings under this program and that separate PAB meetings could be considered in October or November depending on the use of funds.
64 pending projects
Regarding the pending works, the report notes that 267 works were approved, including 203 by the administration of the UT. No less than 61 pending works are currently underway, including the construction of two primary schools and 45 additional classrooms at the elementary level. until 2017-2018 and a new school building, two additional classrooms, four bathrooms each for girls and boys and three drinking water works at the secondary level which were approved in 2010-2011.
The department has not yet started with three works in progress, including two blocks of resource centers and one for drinking water. UT has been instructed to complete these pending jobs as a priority.