(To be published in the Gazette of India, Part I, Section 1}
Government of India
(Bharat Sarkar)
Ministry of Human Resource Development
(Manav Sansadhan Vikas Mantralaya)
Department of Elementary Education & Literacy
(Prarambhik Shiksha Evam Saksharta Vibhag)

New Delhi, the 2nd January, 2001



The National Policy of Education 1936h and its Programme of Action 1992, provided for the setting up of a National Mission for the achievement of the goal of Universal Elementary Education. The Mission was To have the central objective of mobilizing all the resources, human, financial arid institutional necessary for achieving the goal of UEE, The Education Ministers' conference held in October, 1998 had recommended the pursuit of Universal Elementary Education in the mission mode. A National Committee of Education Ministers under the Chairmanship of the Hon'ble Human Resource Development Minister. Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi was set up on the recommendation of the conference to work out the approach to the mission mode. The committee submitted its report in October, 1999. A framework for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, a holistic and convergent approach to UEE in the mission mode has been finalized in consultation with states. The major thrust in the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan will be as follows.-

.All 6-14 age children in school/EGS centre/bridge course by 2003
.All 6-14 children complete five year primary education by 2007.
.All 6-14 children complete eight years of schooling by 2010

The approach is community owned and village education plans prepared in consultation with Panchayali Raj institutions will form the basis of district elementary education plans. Funds to states would be channelised to registered societies at start level. There will be focus on districts having low female literacy among Scheduled Castes
and Scheduled Tribes The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan will cover the entire country with the special focus on educational needs of girls, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

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