The Ministry of Education (MoE) approved a new scheme “New India Literacy Programme (NILP) which is also known as Nav Bharat Literacy Program” for upcoming 5 years (FY 2022-27) to cover all the aspects of adult education to align with National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.
- MoE replaced the term “Adult Education” with “Education for All” to cover non-literates of the age of 15 years and above with the help of “Online Teaching, Learning and Assessment System (OTLAS)” in collaboration with National Informatics Centre, National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS).
- The total estimation of NILP is Rs.1037.90 crore, in which the Central government and State government share Rs 700 crore and Rs 337.90 crore respectively.
The objective of the scheme is to include foundational literacy and numeracy components with necessities of 21st century such as:
i.Critical life skills (includes financial literacy, digital literacy, commercial skills, health care and awareness, child care and education, and family welfare).
ii.Vocational skills development (for local employment).
iii.Basic education (includes preparatory, middle, and secondary stage equivalency) and
iv.Continuing education (includes engaging holistic adult education courses in arts, sciences, technology, culture, sports, and recreation, as well as other topics of interest or use to local learners, such as more advanced material on critical life skills).
Implementation of the Scheme:
i.The scheme is implemented to registered volunteers and accessed through online mode.
ii.The training, orientation, workshops of volunteers, will be organised through face-to-face mode.
iii.Materials and resources to be provided through digital mode.
iv.Performance Grading Index (PGI) for State/UT and district level will show the performance of States and UTs to implement the scheme and achievements on yearly basis by weighing both the physical and financial progress through the Unified District Information System for Education (UDISE) portal.
v.Priority and Saturation in Literacy- The age cohort of 15-35 will be saturated first followed by ages 35 and above. Priority will be given in terms of categories to the Girls and women, SC/ST/OBC/Minorities, Persons with Special Needs (Divyangjans), Marginalized/ Nomadic/ construction workers/ laborers/etc.
About Ministry of Education (MoE):
Cabinet Minister – Dharmedra Pradhan (Constituency – Deogarh, Odisha)
Minister of State – Subhas Sarkar (Constituency – Bankura, West Bengal) , Annpurna Devi, Rajkumar Ranjan Singh.