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Achievements in the year 2017-18


The Human Resources Development (HRD) Division, restructured as HRD Vertical in the Team India Hub of NITI Aayog, is dealing with issues related to School Education & Higher Education. However, education related to agriculture and allied sectors, public health, and medical are not the domain areas of HRD Vertical. The HRD Vertical covers (a) pre-primary, elementary, secondary, senior secondary, higher, technical, teacher education and adult literacy; and (b) areas of special focus such as education for girls, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Minorities and also Children with Special Needs.



Table 1. The different Ministries/Departments dealt in HRD Vertical


During the year 2017-18, the HRD Vertical developed of 3 year agenda regarding education sector. The Vertical examined proposals and notes for the approval of Standing Finance Committee/ Expenditure Finance Committee/ Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, Cabinet in respect of the schemes of Department of School Education and Literacy and Department of Higher Education (both under MHRD).




I. Higher Education:

  • Draft Cabinet Note on Revision of Pay-scales of teachers and other equivalent academic staff in higher educational institutions under the purview of the University Grants Commission (UGC) and in Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs) following pay revision of Central Government employees on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission;

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  • Draft EFC for Revised Cost Estimates for the setting up of Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Management (RGIIM) Shillog and minor expansion;
  • Draft Standing Finance Committee (SFC) for construction of permanent campus for NIT Andhra Pradesh;

  • Special Scholarship Scheme for Jammu & Kashmir-Draft EFC for continuation-comments;

  • Expenditure Finance Committee on Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching (PMMMNMTT);

  • Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA): Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) Proposal;

  • SFC on National Initiative for Design Innovation for Setting up of Quality Design Innovation Centres, Open Design School & National Design Innovation Network;

  • SFC for Continuation of the scheme for SWAYAM: the National Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) portal;

  • Draft Standing Finance Committee (SFC) for appraisal and Approval of continuation of Higher Education Statistics and Public Information System (HESPIS), a Central Sector Scheme;

  • SFC for National Mission for Education through Information & Communication Technology (NMEICT) Phase-II;

  • Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) for Interest Subsidy and Contribution for Guarantee Fund;

  • Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) Appraisal of Central Sector Scheme of Scholarship for College and University Students;

  • Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) on “Scheme of Adult Education for Eradication of Illiteracy”;

  • Standing Finance Committee (SFC) for Appraisal of Central Sector Scheme of Scholarship for College and University Students;

  • SFC Memorandum on 'One-time Additional Funding (Capital) to IIT Kharagpur, IIT Delhi, IIT Bombay and IIT Madras in F. Y. 2017-18;

  • EFC on IMPacting Research INnovation and Technology–II(IMPRINT-II);

  • Draft EFC on IIT Hyderabad-Japan collaboration project of Rs. 1776.50 crores to be financed out of the ODA loan of Rs. 1501.50 crores by Government of japan and balance of Rs. 274.77 crores to be met from grants by MHRD over a period of 10 years (2013-14 to 2022-23)- extension of time.;

  • SFC for setting up of IIITDM - Kurnool in the state of Andhra Pradesh and in-principal approval for cost estimates for commencing of Institute in permanent campus;

  • Training and Research in Frontier Areas of Science and Technology (FAST) Scheme; and

  • Draft EFC for Establishment and Operationalization of Permanent Campus of Seven New llMs at Bodhgaya, Nagpur, Sirmaur Amritsar, Sambalpur, Visakhapatnam and Jammu.


II. School Education

  • EFC of  Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA);

  • EFC of  Mid Day Meal Scheme (MDM);

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  • Draft EFC for Extension of Integrated Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA);

  • FEC regarding Extension of Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) from Secondary Education to cover Higher Secondary Education;

  • EFC regarding National Scheme of Incentive to Girls for Secondary Education (NSIGSE);

  • SFC regarding Innovation Fund for Secondary Education;

  • SFC for Scheme for Providing Education to Madrasas /Minorities (SPEMM);

  • Draft Note for Cabinet Committee On Economic Affairs (CCEA) for continuation of Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Integrated Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) from 1st April 2017 to 31st March, 2020 along with modifications in the scheme;

  • Draft Cabinet Note regarding National Council of Educational Research and Training Bill, 2017-grant of Institution of National Importance (INI) status to NCERT;

  • Draft Cabinet Note for Proposed Amendment to the ‘No Detention’ provisions of ‘The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009’.


Participation in Meetings & Contribution in Policy Issues

During the year, the officers of the Vertical participated in meetings of Project Approval Boards (PABs) of MHRD such as Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Mid-Day Meal in Schools (MDMS), Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), Teacher Education, Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching (PMMMNMTT), Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) for finalization of State Higher Education Plans (SHEP), National Initiative for Design Innovation, National Mission on Education through ICT (NMEICT), Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP). 


The officers of the Vertical represented NITI Aayog in various meetings organized by institutions like National University of Educational Planning the Administration (NUEPA), National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), etc.


The HRD Vertical took various initiatives on policy issues during the year including analyzing the progress of major flagship programmes (viz. SSA, MDMS, RMSA, Autonomous Colleges, reforms in Higher Education including UGC & AICTE) and deliberating on outstanding issues in school and higher education for the preparation of folders for PM’s Domestic visits. NITI Aayog has conducted regional workshops at Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Guwahati and Raipur covering all the States/UTs for sensitizing about the programme and also for furnishing the requisite data for SEQI.


Other Significant Achievements of the Vertical

  1. School Education Quality Index (SEQI): The SEQI is in the final stages of development by the NITI Aayog in consultation with the Department of School Education & Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), State Education Departments of all States & UTs and various stake holders, including educationists.

  2. Development Support Services for States/UTs (D3S) for Education Projects: The NITI Aayog has initiated a policy to provide institutional support to 3 States to attain excellence in Education sector through an initiative of Development Support Services for States (DSSS) for Education.  The scheme has named as Sustainable Action for Transforming Human Capital (SATH).The key objective of this policy is to identify and build three future ‘Role Model’ States for education systems. The first workshop under the initiative for the State of Odisha has been taken place at Bhubaneshwar on 7th December, 2017. The similar workshops for the other 2 States will be held shortly. 

  3. Reforms in Higher Education: A Committee for Reforms in Higher Education was constituted based on NITI’s presentation on ‘Proposed Reforms in Regulatory Frameworks of the UGC and AICTE’. It was headed by Vice-Chairman, NITI Aayog. The committee made recommendations for examining short-term measures for reforms in higher education. The Committee report is under consideration of the Government.

  4. Involved in the exercise of preparation of “Development Agenda India @ 75” and conducted 4 working groups meeting with experts from across the country for Departments of School Education and Literacy, Higher Education (MHRD).

  5. The Vertical has coordinated the Output-outcome budget exercise for Departments of School Education and Literacy, Higher Education (MHRD). Involved in the 12th Plan appraisal exercise.


Miscellaneous Activities

Vertical also examined (i) proposals sent by NGOs and trusts for funding research studies/evaluation studies and (ii) Research Reports on education submitted by various researchers to SER Division. The Vertical also handled VIP/PMO references, public grievances, RTI related matters, preparation of outcome budget and provided material for inclusion in the President's Budget Speech. Under NITI Internship Programme, interns from various leading institutions from across the country have been provided internship training.



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The Vertical has The Vertical examined the EFC/SFC/DCN proposals on (i) Khelo India – National Programme for Development of Sports; (ii) Scheme of Assistance to National Sports Federations; (iii) Scheme for the Dhyanchand Award for the Life Time Achievement in sports and games; (iv) National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons; (v) Scheme for the Arjuna Awards for Outstanding Performance in Sports and Games; (vi) Scheme of Special Awards to Medal Winners in International Sports Events and their Coaches including Scheme for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award; (vii) Scheme for the Dronacharya Award for the Outstanding Coaches in sports and games; (viii) Scheme of Sports Fund for Pension to Meritorious Sportspersons; (ix) National Centre of Sports Science and Research (NCSSR); (x) National Centre of Sports Coaching (NCSC); (xi) Draft Cabinet Note on Proposal for re-naming Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS), an autonomous body under the Ministry, as National Yuva Kendra Sangathan; and (xii) Draft Cabinet Note on ‘Proposal for transfer of the subject 'Sports' from the State List to the Concurrent List of the Constitution of India’-reg.


During the period 2017-18, officials of the Vertical attended the meetings of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports on different issues including SFCs and EFCs.



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A variety of cultural traditions and diverse historical legacies join together, to provide our country, a unique identity in the world. The government through its network of institutions and grants-in-aid schemes has been supporting the preservation, popularization and promotion of the culture and cultural heritage. Different activities and interventions create a link between the past and present that lays the foundation for future development of the country’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage. This is done through museums, archives, libraries, performing arts and organizing a variety of cultural events and festivals within the country and across the world. HRD Vertical coordinates with Ministry of Culture in the above mentioned areas.


The Vertical examined the EFC/SFC proposals on (i) Museum Grant Scheme; (ii) Scheme for setting up of Science Cities/ Science Centres/ Innovation Hubs; (iii) Continuation of the National Mission on Libraries-upgradation of Libraries providing services to the Public; (iv) Appraisal of ongoing five Schemes after merging them in a single Scheme namely “Scheme of Financial Assistance for Promotion of Art & Culture”; (v) Dandi related Projects and Gandhi Heritage Sites Mission; (vi) Scheme for Promotion of International Cultural Relations; and (vii) Appraisal of ongoing two Schemes after merging them in a single Scheme namely “Scheme of Financial Assistance for creation of Cultural Infrastructure” .


The officers of the Vertical attended the meetings of SFC/EFC for various proposals, Project Appraisal Boards of Festivals of India Abroad and National Mission on Monuments and Antiquities (NMMA) and other such meetings of Ministry of Culture.


The Vertical conducted review meetings with Archaeological Survey of India and Akademies (Lalit Kala Academy, Sahitya Academy, Sangeet Natak Academy) and CCRT under Ministry of Culture and provided useful inputs for improvement of their functioning for showcasing the Indian Culture.