Vidyanjali Scheme: School Volunteer Program: Key Points

Introduction

  • Vidyanjali scheme is the means of providing volunteer teachers to government run schools 
  • It is aimed at promoting the government education system through skill development 
  • The scheme aims to impart life skills in to the children studying in government schools 
  • The scheme is launched under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan 

Nodal Agency

  • Ministry of HRD 
  • Department of School Education and Literacy 

About Vidyanjali Scheme

  • The scheme is started across 21 states in the initial phase 
  • 2200 schools are selected 
  • Target is to cover the entire government schools in India in a gradual manner 
  • The scheme aims to impart skills apart from academics 
  • The volunteers selected for the scheme will not replace the already existing staff in the government schools 
  • The scheme will be a value addition to the conventional teaching program in schools 

Vidyanjali Scheme Skill Training services

Vidyanjali scheme helps in the overall child development through developing their skills in the following areas
  • Music 
  • Writing 
  • Public speaking 
  • Creative skills 
  • Dance 
  • Other soft skills 

How to apply?

  • Volunteers willing to teach in government schools can apply at www.mygov.in
  • This government portal has all the criteria listed to become a volunteer teacher under Vidyanjali scheme 
  • Volunteers must fill the online application and submit in the online portal 

Eligibility Criteria

  • There are no qualification needed to become a volunteer in the scheme 
  • Preference will be given to experienced persons if applications are many 
  • Community power is being tapped by this scheme 
  • Retired professionals are most welcome 
  • House wives with graduate degree 
  • Graduates 
  • Foreign nationals are also allowed to participate in the scheme 
  • OCI card is a must to have in case of foreign nationals 
  • The applications received from the volunteers are scrutinized by the respective Block Development Officer (BDO) 
  • Final selection is made by BDO and volunteers are directed to the respective schools 

Significance of Vidyanjali Scheme

  • Volunteers of the scheme do not get any monetary compensation 
  • This ensures that only people with service mind volunteer for the scheme 
  • The quality of skill training will be high with enthusiastic volunteers 
  • The scheme will help in the personality development of the child as a whole 
  • The scheme would impart life skills in the early childhood itself 
  • Government schools will get an uplift as a result of the scheme 
  • Enrollment in government schools is likely to go up 
  • This scheme is seen as a roadmap for child development where school education has not made any inroads so far 

Conclusion

  • Vidyanjali scheme is seen as an innovative measure to improve the quality of education in government schools 
  • The scheme is a value addition program with the participation of like minded people lying crucial in the success of the program 
  • The scheme is seen as skill development training at the grass roots level from the early childhood 
  • Overall, Vidyanjali is a novel and unique literacy scheme launched by Government of India with long term implications
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