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STARS Projects

  • Vaid's ICS, Lucknow
  • 15, Feb 2022
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Ministry of Education, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), and World Bank have signed an agreement for the financial support towards the implementation of the STARS project.

[STARS – Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States.]

  • The proposed World Bank support is primarily in the form of a results-based financing instrument called Program for Results (P for R).
  • This will ensure major reforms at the state-level through a set of disbursement-linked indicators (DLIs).
  • STARS project will cover six states including Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, and Odisha.
  • It will improve the quality of education for the identified states.
  • It aims at improving the overall monitoring and measurement activities in the Indian school education system in selected states.
  • It will draw on the existing structure under Samagra Shiksha.
  • At the state level, the project will be implemented through the integrated State Implementation Society (SIS) for Samagra Shiksha.
  • A State Incentive Grant (SIG) will encourage states to meet desired project outcomes.
  • The SIG matrix has been aligned with the intermediate outcome indicators as per the requirement of PforR.
  • An independent verification agency (IVA) will verify each result before disbursement of funds. To know more about STARS Project,

Facts for Prelims :

Global Climate Risk Index 2021

India was ranked the 7th worst-hit country in 2019 in this index, released by environmental think tank Germanwatch.

  • This Index ranked countries according to their vulnerability to extreme weather events like storms, floods and heat waves.
  • Eight of the 10 countries most affected between 2000 and 2019 were developing countries with low or lower middle income per capita.
  • It said that the vulnerable people in developing countries suffered most from extreme weather events, whereas the impact of climate change was visible around the globe.
  • It pushes for the need to support developing countries in coping with the effects of climate change.