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Achievements in the year 2018-19

Contribution in Policy and Governance Issues

During the year 2018-19, the officers of the vertical participated in meetings of as member/representative of member of Project Approval Boards (PABs) of MHRD such as Samagra Shiksha, Mid-Day Meal in Schools (MDMS), Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching (PMMMNMTT), Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), National Initiative for Design Innovation, National Mission on Education through ICT (NMEICT), Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP) besides others. The officers of the Vertical represented NITI Aayog in various meetings organized by institutions like National Institute of Educational Planning the Administration (NIEPA), National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) etc.

The HRD Vertical took various initiatives on policy issues during the year including analysing the progress of major flagship programmes (viz. Samgra Shiksha, MDMS, Autonomous Colleges, UGC, AICTE Review, framing rules as per new IIM Act, 2017) and deliberating on outstanding issues in school and higher education for the preparation of folders for PM’s Domestic visits. 


Proposals Examined/ Appraised

During the year 2018-19, the HRD Vertical actively participated in the activities related to the 12th Plan schemes. The Vertical examined proposals for 'in-principle' approval and those for the approval of Standing Finance Committee/ Expenditure Finance Committee/ Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (SFC/EFC/CCEA), Draft Cabinet Notes and the Notes for Cabinet in respect of the schemes of Departments of School Education and Literacy, Higher Education (both under MHRD) and Department of Sports and Youth Affairs (both under M/o YAS).


The appraisals of the proposal received from the Department of Higher Education and DSE&L, MHRD:

The Higher Education Unit of the vertical has done the appraisal of the Draft Cabinet Notes on:

  1. Promotion for a new scheme of Adult Education (Padhna Likhna Abhiyan) for the financial year 2018-19 & 2019-20 

  2. Amendment of National Institute of Technology, Science Education and Research Act, 2007 to include National Institute of Foundry and Forge (NIFF) and National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) under the ambit of Principal Act

  3. Proposal for formation of Subsidiary Company of EdCIL

  4. The Higher Education Commission of India Bill, 2018 (Repeal of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956), to provide for the establishment of the Higher Education Commission of India for promoting the quality of academic instruction and maintenance of academic standards

  5. Promulgation of an Ordinance to provide for the reservation of faculty in appointments by direct recruitment of persons belonging to the Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribes, and the Other Backward Classes, in the Central Educational Institutions and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

  6. The signing of MoU between Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on Human Resource Development, for cooperation in the field of online education

  7. Cabinet Note on the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on Cooperation in the field of Human Resource Development.

  8. Note for the Cabinet for this conversion of 3 Sanskrit Deemed Universities into Central Universities.


Further, the Vertical has given inputs to the Tourism Unit of SC&DP Vertical on draft note for Cabinet on “Upgradation of National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology (NCHMCT) to an Institution of National importance (INI) to be named as National Institute of Hospitality Management (NIHM) by an Act of Parliament with powers to award degrees, diploma and certificates in its field of competence in India”.


The appraisal of Draft EFC/ EFC/Committee on Establishment Expenditure (CEE) proposals has been done by the HE Unit of the Vertical for the proposals of the Department of Higher Education viz.

  • Draft EFC Memorandum for Establishment and operationalization of Permanent Campus of IISER Tirupati and IISER Berhampur”

  • EFC Memorandum for Revised Cost Estimates for the establishment of Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIITs) at Jabalpur and Kancheepuram

  • EFC Memorandum for Appraisal of National Apprenticeship Training Scheme (NATS) implemented by the Ministry of Human Resource Development

  • EFC Memorandum for Revised Cost of Estimates (RCE) for 11 new Central Universities in the States of Bihar, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, and Tamil Nadu, set up under Central Universities Act, 2009”;

  • Draft CEE Memorandum for Establishment of two (02) full-fledged Schools of Planning and Architecture (SPAs) and l8 Departments of Planning and Architecture (DPAs) within the existing IITs/NITs through Challenge Method”.

  • EFC on e-Sodh Sindhu


The Standing Finance Committee (SFC) proposals have been appraised in the Vertical viz.

  1. “SFC Memorandum for Approval of 7 Projects of IIT Roorkee”;

  2.  “SFC Memorandum for Approval of Five Projects of IIT Delhi”;

  3.  “SFC Memorandum for Appraisal of Scheme: Impactful Policy Research In Social Science (IMPRESS)”;

  4. “SFC Memorandum for Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC) Programme”

  5.  “Draft SFC Memorandum for increasing the National Talent Search (NTS)  Scholarships from 1000 to 2000 per year”;

  6.  “SFC Memorandum for Approval of 7 Projects of IIT Madras”;

  7. “SFC Proposal for Phase-II Development of Ghani Khan Choudhary Institute of Engineering & Technology, Malda, West Bengal”;

  8.  “SFC Memorandum for Approval of 6 Projects of IIT (ISM) Dhanbad”;

  9. “Draft SFC Memorandum for funding of Rs. 383.78 crore to National Institute of Technology (NlT) Warangal during the financial year 2018-19 from Higher Education Funding Agency (HEFA); and

  10. “SFC Memorandum for the establishment of a permanent campus for NIT Goa”.

  11. SFC Memorandum for ‘Young professionals for Higher Education’

  12. Draft SFC Memorandum for Scheme for Transformational and Advanced Research in Sciences (STARS) of Ministry of Human Resource Development.

  13. Approval of 3 Projects of IIT BHU under Higher Education Funding Agency (HEFA).


The appraisals of the proposal received from the Department of School Education and Literacy, MHRD:

The School Education Unit of the Vertical has done an appraisal of the Draft Cabinet Notes/CCEA/EFCs/SFCs on the subjects:

  1. Draft Note for the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) for continuation of Mid-Day Meal Scheme (MDMS) in Schools;

  2. SFC for Restructured Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Financial Assistance for Appointment of Language Teachers (ATL).

  3. SFC for Introduction of Sainik School like features in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNVs); and

  4. EFC proposal for national scheme for incentives to girls for secondary education

  5. EFC proposal for the formulation of a new Integrated Scheme on School Education from 1st April, 2018 to 31st March, 2020;

  6. EFC proposal for enhancing the intake capacity in existing Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) in 25 Districts- worst affected by Left Wing Extremism (LWE) and establishment of second JNVs in 6 districts worst affected by LWE;

  7. Draft Note for CCEA for the formulation of a new Integrated Scheme on School Education from 1st April, 2018 to 31st March, 2020;

  8. Modification of decision of CCEA for setting up of 50 new Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) under Civil / Defence Sector all over the country under ‘Challenge Mode’;


Miscellaneous Activities

The Vertical also examined (i) proposals sent by NGOs and trusts for funding research studies/evaluation studies, (ii) Research Reports on education submitted by various researchers to Governance & Research Vertical of NITI Aayog, and (iii) issues raised by Chief Ministers of the States. The State issues in Education and Sports and Youth Affairs has been taken up to the line Ministries and coordinated for finding the logical solutions. 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, Parliament and various budget related issues. Under NITI Internship Programme, interns from various leading institutions from across the country have been provided internship training. 


Youth Affairs and Sports

Seventy percent of India’s population is below the age of 35 years. To harness the “Yuva Shakti” in nation-building, various programmes/ schemes are being implemented by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports related to problems related to adolescent and youth. The major programme for improvement in performance of sportspersons in international competitions like Asian Games, South Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and Olympics, the scheme of Khelo India has been launched by Department of Sports. During the period 2018-19, officials of the Vertical attended the meetings of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports on different issues.