GUWAHATI, June 16 - A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the Government of Assam and Piramal Foundation today.
The MoU seeks to strengthen ties between the State Government and Piramal Foundation for revamping the educational scenario in Assam, especially in the five aspirational districts of Baksa, Barpeta, Darrang, Dhubri and Goalpara.
The MoU was signed by Preetom Saikia, Commissioner of Elementary Education, Assam and Manmohan Singh, director of Piramal Foundation and Kaivalya Education Foundation, in the presence of a ten-member delegation from Piramal Foundation and other dignitaries.
Significantly, the five aspirational districts have shown distinctive performance in various aspects of education over the last one year with joint initiative by the district collectors concerned and the Education Department together with Piramal Foundation.
Some of the key highlights include improvement in the transition rate of Baksa district from elementary to upper primary level by 27 per cent; improvement in transition rate of Goalpara district from elementary to upper primary level by 6 per cent, and reaching 98.6 per cent this year; improvement in enrolment in government schools in Dhubri through Amar Vidyalay Amar Abhimaan campaign by 18 per cent; breaking the last three-year trend of fall in enrolment in government schools, etc.
The MoU signing ceremony was followed by a meeting with Chief Secretary Alok Kumar. He was updated on the progress made in the educational sphere in different districts.
Piramal Foundation (Education) has partnered with NITI Aayog to improve education indicators in 25 aspirational districts across eight States in India.
As an extension to this programme, it is working in partnership with the Government of Assam and NITI Aayog to improve education indicators in the five aspirational districts.
Through the Aspirational Districts Transformation Programme (ADTP), it supports the district collectors and district education officials to develop the capacity of middle managers for supportive supervision. It also enables community engagement and alignment of multiple stakeholders for improving learning outcomes and school enrolment in these districts.