If reports are to be believed, then the government may soon start a fresh ranking of states on the basis of their performance in education.
According to officials from the HRD Ministry and those from the government policy think tank Niti Aayog, the two may in be working in collaboration on the index on which the rank would be based.
Niti Aayog has consulted independent education experts and the new index and rankings is likely to be launched in a couple of months, according to one of the two officials.
The index based on education would evaluate states from the quality of their school infrastructure to learning outcomes. According to the two government officials, “the idea is to instill a spirit of competition among states and get them to improve the quality of education that their students receive.”
The official, on the oath of anonymity, also stated that the way states use their resources, the quality and number of innovative projects undertaken by their educational institutions and research outcomes will be the other measures they will be ranked on.
“The Niti Aayog and the PMO (Prime Minister Office) are very interested in such an index. The whole exercise is aimed at making education output-driven than the present input-driven system”, said one the experts who had been consulted by the Niti Aayog in the furtherance of its program.
This official, who too requested anonymity, further stated that the performance of the state will be tracked ‘on a real time basis’, and any swings in the ranking of states can be seen on a dedicated website for the index and rankings state.
Earlier this month, Niti Aayog Chief Amitabh Kant had hinted that such rankings were indeed under construction. Kant had said at an event in New Delhi, “The quality of education needs to be improved. We are focusing on learning outcomes. We are going to make states compete on the quality of education and learning outcomes.”
Kant had also been heard stating that government had already “put in four months of hard work in building this” and consulted several top-notch educationists across the world. He had also stated about the central government’s intention to support the states, without expostulating on the exact meaning of the word support and how it would be linked with funding mechanism for education.
However, the move may not go smooth as education largely being a state-subject requires all states on board. There are other pitfalls too which was acknowledged by the official.