20, March 2018

  1. NITI Aayog Released SATH-Education Roadmaps 2018-2020

Source: PIB

The roadmaps for the Sustainable Action for Transforming Human Capital in Education (SATH-E) Project of NITI Aayog, being undertaken in partnership with three participating States of Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha, were released.

  • The forward-looking roadmaps for SATH-E were released at the conclusion of the first meeting of the National Steering Group (NSG), the governing body for the project, which is chaired by the CEO of NITI Aayog.

Key facts:

  • SATH-E aspires to be a ‘saathi’, to the educational system with the student and the teacher at its centre.
  • The aim is to make the entire governmental school education system responsive, aspirational and transformational for every child.
  • These programmes and other initiatives stated in the Roadmap will be further strengthened, customized and executed by the SATH-E States in consultation with knowledge partners – the Boston Consulting Group and Piramal Foundation for Education Leadership – over the next 24 months.
  • This ‘tripartite arrangement’, where the NITI Aayog, the three States, chosen through a challenge method, and knowledge partners from the private sector, symbolises the very essence of competitive and cooperative federalism exemplified by NITI.
  • The process ensured that schemes of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and projects under SATH-E are in sync with their respective state schemes.


  • The NITI Aayog wrote to all States offering assistance for improving their health and education sectors. 16 States responded favorably. Following presentations and consultations with MHRD, the three States of Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha were selected for the programme. The Sustainable Action for Transforming Human Capital-Education (SATH-E) was thus, born.


  • The SATH-E initiative in based on formal agreements with the States and will be funded through a cost-sharing mechanism between NITI Aayog and the participating states.
  • The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Piramal Foundation for Education Leadership (PFEL) were chosen as knowledge partners for the project facilitating review, data collection and implementation.
  • SATH-E has been envisaged as a programme which aims to transform elementary and secondary school education across these three state
  • SATH-E roadmap refers to a time-bound, goal-driven exercise that will reach its logical culmination by the end of the academic year 2020. Further, the foundations of other long term interventions, as is found necessary by each state, would be laid during this period.
  • Limiting interventions to only those where there is complete state buy-in for sustainability, the whole process would be done in consultation with the states and MHRD. This will be facilitated by the National Steering Group (NSG), chaired by the CEO of NITI Aayog and including the Chief Secretaries of the States, which will continuously monitor progress, introduce course-corrections and offer a platform for addressing issues in implementation.
  • Thus, SATH-E aims to create role model States for education and mainstream ‘islands of excellence’ across the country to facilitate qualitative and quantitative transformation of learning outcomes. Marrying technology with need-based, data-driven assessment and a ‘giving it what it takes’ approach – be it innovation, incubation, external third party funding and Public- Private- Philanthropic Partnership (PPPP) experimentation – SATH-E puts the States in the driver’s seat to transform education at scale.

  1. POSHAN Abhiyaan

Source: PIB

Executive Committee under POSHAN (PM’s Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nourishment) Abhiyaan

  • In a Historic First, India Nutrition Report to be released by the Government- Ministry of Women and Child Development.

Executive committee:

  • The Executive Committee which is the Apex body for all Nutrition related activities under the POSHAN Abhiyaan, held its first meeting today to decide on the roadmap for the Mission.
  • The Committee is headed by Sh. Rakesh Srivastava, Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development.

The Committee, inter alia, has taken the following decisions:

  • India Nutrition Report shall be released every year by the Government after a detailed survey.
  • On the occasion of Ambedkar Jayanti this year, Gram Panchayats across the country will hold meetings to discuss on the Nutritional aspects and their implementation along with Health and Sanitation issues. All the Gram Panchayats will be advised to weigh the children and display the weights in the Anganwadi centres
  • Instead of blindly adopting the Nutritional practices of other countries, best practices of states across the country which are successful in reducing Stunting, Anaemia and Malnutrition are to be studied and successful models to be adopted at National level.
  • For special focus on the deprived sections of the Society, District Collectors will hold a detailed survey of the people who are outside the Anganwadi System.

The following activities are to be undertaken by States/UTs as part of POSHAN Abhiyaan:

  • Implementation of Convergence Action Plan at State/UT Level.
  • Procurement of Smartphones, Tablets and Growth Monitoring Devices by States/UTs.
  • Roll-Out of ICDS-CAS (Common Application Software).
  • Implementation of ILA (Incremental Learning Approach) and CBE (Community based events).

The Executive Committee is set to function in mode of convergence with various Ministries.

The Committee, besides providing key policy directions, will work towards integration of:

  • Nutrition components of various schemes
  • ICDS-CAS of WCD Ministry and RCH portal of Health Ministry for data flow and timely interventions

Key facts:

  • Some of the key Nutrition strategies and interventions are supplementary nutrition, IYCF(Infant and Young Child Feeding)immunisation, food fortification, adolescent nutrition, dietary diversification and maternal health & nutrition among others. Behaviour change communication is the key component of POSHAN Abhiyaan for converting it into Jan Andolan

National Council on India’s nutritional challenges

  • National Council on India’s nutritional challenges under chairmanship of Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, has also been set up under the POSHAN Abhiyaan.
  • The Council shall submit report to the Prime Minister every 6 months. Secretary WCD being the Member convenor of National council, would formally request vice-chairman NITI Aayog to convene meeting of National Council on India’s nutritional challenges.

  1. Conservation-cum-Development of Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups

Source: PIB

The Government of India has identified following three Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) in the State of Maharashtra:

  1. Katkaria (Kathodia)
  2. Kolam
  3. Maria Gond

Ministry of Tribal Affairs is implementing a Central Sector Scheme, “Support to Tribal Research Institute (TRIs)”, under which financial assistance is provided to TRI’s to carry out various activities to preserve and promote tribal culture and heritage across the country through research and documentation, maintenance and preservation of art & artifacts, setting up of tribal museum, exchange visits for the tribals to other parts of the State, organizing tribal festivals etc.


The Ministry is administering the scheme namely “Development of PVTGs” for overall development of PVTGs.  This scheme is flexible and enables the States to focus on areas that they consider is relevant to PVTGs and their socio-cultural environment. Activities including housing, land distribution, land development, agricultural development, animal husbandry, construction of link roads, installation of non-conventional sources of energy for lighting purpose, social security including Janshree Beema Yojana or any other innovative activity meant for the comprehensive socio-economic development of PVTGs are considered under it

  1. GIAN launched to enable foreign faculty to teach specific courses in Higher Educational Institutions

Source: PIB

  • The recruitment of faculty is a continuous process and the vacancies keep arising due to retirement, resignation and additional requirements on account of enhanced students’ strength. The institutions publish a year round rolling advertisement to attract faculties. Some of the steps taken to fill up the vacancies are invitation to alumni, scientists/ experts and faculty from India and abroad, advertisements in international journals etc. In addition, institutes are engaging contract, adjunct and visiting faculty.
  • The Government has also launched the Global Initiative for Academic Networks (GIAN) to help foreign faculty to teach some courses in the higher educational institutions.

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