implementation of the various parameters of the National Policy on
Education (NPE) including its further elaboration in the Programme
of Action (POA), 1992 requires wide dissemination of its objective
as also a close association with the agencies working in the field
of education including non-governmental and voluntary agencies and
social activist groups. With a view to promoting greater
coordination in implementation of the Policy, it is necessary to
develop inter-disciplinary approach with support systems at the
national as well as local levels.
2. In this
context, it is necessary (a) to generate wider awareness of
educational policies and Programmes in the country; (b) to initiate
policy oriented studies and seminars enabling mid-course
corrections, modifications and adjustments of policy interventions;
(c) to involve associations of teachers, students, youth and women
as well as media in the process of formulation of various programmes
through sponsored seminars on related themes and topics; (d) to
facilitate dissemination of innovative and good practices as well as
successful experiments in the field of education; and (e) to
facilitate review of NPE and POA.
3. The scheme is intended to provide financial assistance to
deserving institutions and organisations, on the merits of each
proposal so as to admit of financing a variety of activities having
a direct bearing on the management and implementation aspects of the
Education Policy. This would include sponsoring of seminars, conduct
of impact and evaluation studies, make consultancy assignments in
order to advise the Government on the best alternatives and models
for making the system work, making of video films, etc.
While the monitoring and evaluation of various schemes sanctioned
under the NPE, will be undertaken under the relevant schemes
themselves, however, in case, where no provision exists for conduct
of monitoring and evaluation studies such studies will be financed
under the scheme.
is also necessary to encourage specific activities of Registered
Professional bodies of educationists and experts, which, through
sharing of new knowledge and experience, enrich the process of
4. The following categories of institutions and organisations will
be eligible to receive assistance under the scheme: -
Professional associations of women, youth,
teachers, parents, students, media, trade unions etc., working in
the field of education;
Voluntary organisations and non-governmental
agencies including social activist groups of repute engaged in
research and innovations in the field of education;
Universities and Institutions of national importance;
Institutions of higher learning;
Postgraduate academic and Professional/Research
institutions of repute affiliated to universities or otherwise set
up and recognised by the Central or State Governments;
State Councils of Educational Research Training
and State Institutes of Education;
State Boards of Secondary Education/Technical
Education/Central Board of Secondary Education;
Association of Indian Universities, Council of
Boards of Secondary Education and similar organisations;
Non-profit making trusts, educational publishers
and Panchayati Raj Institutions.
Autonomous Bodies, Subordinate and Attached
Offices under the Department of Education
Registered Body of professionals in the field of
5. Autonomous institutions/organisations, to be eligible to seek
assistance under this scheme, must be non-profit making and be set
up either under a Statute of Central or State Legislature or
registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. In case of
voluntary organisations registered under the Societies Registration
Act, 1860, they should have been functioning for a period not less
than three years on the date of applying for assistance.
GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS
6. Assistance given by the Ministry will be institution-based and
released to the head of the Institute/Organisation. The Project
Director has to work in an honorary capacity. He can draw TA/DA and
outstation expenses but not any honorarium. Staff appointed for a
study are deemed to be employees of the Institution/Organisation;
their remuneration, TA/DA etc. should be as admissible under the
rules of the Institution/Organisation.
7.A Any institution/organisation eligible and desirous of
undertaking studies under this scheme will apply to the Ministry in
the prescribed form (Appended) along with an outline of the proposed
study in accordance with the following guidelines: -
focus and orientation as well as specific objectives spelt out in
precise identification of the problem, the hypothesis to be tested
and the question to be answered.
Relevance to an action programme: A statement in concrete terms as to how the results of the study
will be relevant to improvement in formulation and implementation of
the education policy, plan or programme.
Approach and methodology: The extent to which the study is reflective or empirical; whether it
is intended to collect primary data and if so, based on a sample
survey or a case study; relevant sources or necessary data if the
use of available data is envisaged.
Details of data collection and analysis: Concepts, definitions, important variables, sampling design if
necessary, broad contents of scheduled/questionnaires of relevant
lines of analysis, tabulation programme and synopsis of chapter plan
of the report, if possible.
Project duration: Time
required for completing the study and submission of the report,
period envisaged for preparation, field study/collection of data and
drafting of the report.
Staffing pattern: The
number and types of supporting staff, the period for which are
required and remuneration to be paid.
requirements broken down under different items of remuneration for
staff, TA, stationery/printing of forms, computation and
Institute�s contribution: The extent of contribution proposed by the Institution/organisation
towards the cost of undertaking the study.
Bio-data of staff: Sufficient information about the academic qualifications and
research experience of the Project Director and the senior staff to
be associated with the study.
7.B Any institution/organisation eligible and desirous of organising
Seminars under this scheme will apply to the Ministry in the
prescribed form (Appended) along with an outline of the proposed
Seminar in accordance with the following guidelines: -
Background and justification: Background and
justification as well as specific objectives spelt out in detail.
Relevance of this Seminar to monitoring,
management and implementation aspects of Education Policy.
Anticipated outcome of the Seminar with
reference to Education Policy.
Budget proposal for the Seminar.
Institution's own contribution.
Other contributors with amounts
SCREENING OF FRESH PROPOSALS
All proposals received for consideration under the scheme will be
considered by a Grant-in-aid Committee under the Chairmanship of
Additional Secretary which will meet at regular intervals to
consider the project proposals so received. Composition of the
Committee is given as under:-
Joint Secretary (Planning) ---
Representative of the concerned Bureau at the
level of Director/DS
(based on the subject matter of the proposal viz. elementary
secondary education, technical education etc.)
FA(HRD) or his nominee
Representative of Planning Commission
Representative of NIEPA
Representative of NCERT
Outside Experts co-opted by Chairman, if found
Director/Deputy Secretary dealing with the
Scheme -- Convenor
PATTERN OF ASSISTANCE
Ministry of Human Resource Development (Department of Education)
will bear the expenditure on the following approved items of
expenditure connected with the study as a grant-in-aid:-
Remuneration for project staff
Travelling and daily allowances for project staff
Stationery and printing of questionnaires, schedules and forms.
Hiring of office equipment like typewriters, computers etc. ( incase
there is no participating institution or where the institution is
not in a position to provide the same).
Contingencies including postage charges.
Computation and tabulation charges.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development (Department of Education)
will bear the expense on the following items of expenditure
connected with the seminar/conference/symposia as a grant-in-aid:-
Hiring of accommodation/venue
Travelling Allowance/Daily Allowance
Refreshments viz. Tea/Coffee with biscuits and working lunch during
the day of Seminar to participants at the rates approved by Ministry
Documentation of Seminar Materials.
Contingencies -- Not exceeding 10%
QUANTUM OF ASSISTANCE
10. It is expected that the participating institution/organisation
will provide on its/their own the physical facilities necessary for
the project and also meet a part of the cost of study. Normally,
assistance to a single impact study/evaluation will not exceed Rs.
5.00 lakh. The ceiling on expenditure on National
Conference/Seminars will be Rs.3.00 lakh and International
Conferences (or with substantial International participants/
members) will be Rs.5.00 lakh. The actual quantum would, however, be
decided by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (Department of
Education) in each case on the merits of the proposals received. The
funds would be released in the case of studies in three instalments;
first instalment - 50%, second instalment - 40% on receiving
progress reports and expenditure statements and the last instalment
- 10% after receiving the final report. The funds for Seminar will,
however, be released in two equal instalments, the first instalment
on execution of bond and the second and final instalment on receipt
of Utilisation Certificate and Statement of Audited Expenditure. The
Department of Education has discretion to increase the quantum of
first instalment depending on merits. Cent per cent funding will be
admissible only for proposals for studies, seminars, conferences and
projects undertaken by the Department of Education or at the behest
of the Department. Preference will be given to institutions/organisations
which are willing to share/provide physical facilities for the
seminars etc. and are prepared to make a matching financial
contribution. Education Secretary, in consultation with Finance
Adviser (HRD), is competent to relax financial ceilings on quantum
11. The following general conditions will be complied with by any
institution/ organisation receiving assistance under the scheme: -
institution/organisation will maintain the accounts and get the
final accounts audited by Government auditors in cases of
institutes whose accounts are audited by Government auditors or by
a Chartered Accountant, as the case may be, and submit these to
the Ministry, along with the Utilisation Certificate on the
completion of a study/seminar. The accounting and auditing
arrangements in respect of this scheme will be the same as those
prevailing in the institution/organisation.
institution/organisation will not accept or apply for any
financial aid from any other source towards the study/seminar
approved under this scheme except with prior approval of the
account will be kept of the project/seminar receipts and expenses
even though some of the items of expenditure may be common with
that incurred by the institution/organisation of other activities.
institution/organisation will be required to prepare a quarterly
progress report on the study and submit the same to the Department
along with a statement of expenditure actually incurred during the
quarter. It will also be required to record a certificate to the
effect that the expenditure has incurred in accordance with the
equipment, etc. related to the project for which assistance is
received under this scheme will be made available for inspection
by an officer authorised by the Department. The accounts relating
to the project shall be open to check also by the Comptroller and
Auditor General of India or his nominee(s) at his discretion.
institution/organisation shall prepare and maintain a record of
all assets acquired whole or substantially out of the grants
received under the Scheme. Such assets shall not be disposed of,
encumbered or utilised for other purposes without prior sanction
of the Department.
institution/organisation will be required to complete the study
and submit the final report to the Ministry within the stipulated
duration of study. Normally, studies under this Scheme would be
expected to be completed within one year after formal sanction
subject to the grant of extension of time by the Department up to
one more year in exceptional cases depending upon the merits of
report on the study will be evaluated by an Expert Committee to be
set up by the Ministry and such of the reports as are recommended
to and accepted for publication shall be published by the
Department. The copyright in respect of all reports shall vest in
the Government of India. In case, the institution desires to
publish the report on its own, prior permission of the Department
should be taken.
In the case of
seminars, three copies of the proceedings should be furnished
along with Utilisation Certificate, etc.
shall be liable to refund the entire grant amount together with
damages at the rate of 6% p.a. interest thereon for any violation
of the terms and conditions mentioned in the Scheme/Government
sanction, from the date of encashment of the cheque/bank draft for
the amount sanctioned for the project, provided that the
Government in its discretion may relax the date for the purpose of
calculation of interest to provide for such interest to be charged
or on a subsequent date.
of the Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of
Human Resource Development (Department of Education) on the
question whether there has been breach or violation of any of the
terms and conditions mentioned herein as well as in the sanction
letters, shall be final and binding on the grantee.