Strengthening Teaching-Learning And Results for States (STARS) Project:
Agreement for the financial support of the implementation of Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States (STARS) project of Ministry of Education (MOE) was signed between the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) and World Bank along with the Ministry of Education.
- Earlier Union Cabinet has approved the proposal of the STARS project in October 2020.
- The Program envisions improving the overall monitoring and measurement activities in the Indian school education system through interventions in 6 States viz Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, and Odisha.
- STARS project would be implemented as a new Centrally Sponsored Scheme under the Department of School Education and Literacy (DoSEL), MOE.
- DoSEL, MoE is the main implementing agency at the national level. At the State level, the project will be implemented through the integrated State Implementation Society (SIS) for Samagra Shiksha.
- The total project cost of the STARS project is Rs 5718 crore with the financial support of World Bank amounting to the US $ 500 million (approximately Rs. 3700 crores) and the rest coming as State share from the participating States, over a period of 5 years.
- The proposed World Bank support under STARS is primarily in the form of a results-based financing instrument called Program for Results (PforR).
- A State Incentive Grant (SIG) will be used to encourage States to meet desired project outcomes.