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About STARS Program

Focus: GS II: Government Policies and Interventions

Why in News?

Recently, Ministry of Education and World Bank organised a one of its kind workshop on School-to-Work Transition under the STARS Program in Mumbai.

About STARS Program

The School-to-Work Transition workshop was held under the STARS Program, which stands for Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States.

Here are some key details about the STARS Program:
  • Approval and Implementation: The STARS Project was approved by the Cabinet in October 2020 and is being implemented as a centrally sponsored scheme. It became effective in 2021 for a period of five years, up to FY 2024-25.
  • Implementing Agency and Financial Support: The STARS project is implemented under the Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Education, with financial support from the World Bank.
  • Target States: The STARS project is being implemented in six identified states: Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Kerala. These states will receive support for various interventions aimed at improving the quality of education.
  • Focus and Objectives: The STARS project focuses on enhancing school education and aligns with the objectives of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, which emphasizes quality-based learning outcomes. It specifically targets elements of the Samagra Shiksha scheme that directly support school education enhancement.
  • Alignment with National Initiatives: The STARS project aligns with key initiatives of the government, including PM e-Vidya, the Foundational Literacy and Numeracy Mission, and the National Curricular and Pedagogical Framework for Early Childhood Care and Education, which are part of the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan.

February 2024