Government of Jammu and Kashmir

Department of School Education

Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan

director's message

Although the scheme of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan has been launched throughout the country in the year 2001 but the State of Jammu & Kashmir has launched the scheme from 2003 onwards. It is a wonderful Centrally Sponsored Scheme where under the State Government had to provide 25% which is now only 35% share of the Annual Plan allocation as approved by Ministry of HRD.

So far an amount of Rs. 3919.15 crores has been pumped in by Govt. of India under the scheme. 10809 new primary schools have been sanctioned / opened, 7008 primary schools have been sanctioned/upgraded to the level of middle schools, 15481 additional classrooms have been provided to augment the existing insufficient accommodation in the schools.

Awareness programmes, community mobilization and brining “Out of school children” to the schools has also been an important feature of the scheme which has reduced the dropout rate and brought many out of school children under the ambit of literacy. Some of the interventions like Mid Day Meal, providing of free textbooks and uniforms, establishment of seasonal centres has also developed an interest among parents as well as children to go for regular schools. Now that under existing norms the primary schools have been / are being opened within a distance of 01 KM, this aspect has eased the facility to children to travel less distances to get their basic education.

The charge of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan remained with me since last 10 months as such I could not contribute much towards development of the scheme. However, the reviews were taken at gross root level with the Chief Education Officers and Zonal Education Officers of all the 22 districts in a phased manner who were sensitized about the actual implementation of interventions of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. Moreover, some of the chronic and pending issues were also resolved by mutual understanding and threadbare discussions. Some issues still remain unresolved for which the matters are being perused with State & Central Governments and I can foresee the resolution of these of issues in the near future.

 With regards

(Shamim Ahmad Laharwal)
State Project Director,