HRD Ministry Announced Library Grants to Schools under ‘Padhe Bharat-Badhe Bharat’ Initiative

Last Modified: 19 May 2024

HRD Ministry has announced the ‘Padhe Bharat-Badhe Bharat’ initiative to offer library grants to schools with an aim of promoting a reading culture among students.

18 July 2018: The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has announced the new ‘Padhe Bharat-Badhe Bharat’ initiative with an aim of promoting a reading culture among students. The initiative has been launched under the ‘Samagra Shiksha’ programme. Samagra Shiksha is a comprehensive programme for school education extending from pre-school to 12th class. The programme is a combination of three schemes viz. Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), and Teacher Education (TE).

Objectives of the programme

Few of the objectives of the programme are:

  • To enable children to become motivated, independent and engaged readers and writers with comprehension possessing sustainable and lasting reading and writing skills and achieve learning levels appropriate to the class of study.
  • To associate reading and writing with the experience of joy and real-life situation.

Benefits under Padhe Bharat-Badhe Bharat Initiative

Under the initiative, the government will provide an annual library grant to schools in order to help students widen their scope of learning.

  • An annual grant will be given for Primary to Senior Secondary Levels classes.
  • The grant amount will vary between ₹ 5000 and ₹ 20,000.

Padhe Bharat-Badhe Bharat

The HRD Ministry has announced the programme through its official Twitter handle stating, “Padhe Bharat-Badhe Bharat is an initiative under Samagra Shiksha under which each school will be given an annual library grant for primary to senior secondary level to help widen the learning ambit of students.”

Apart from this Tweet on MHRD twitter handle, there are no further updates on the Padhe Bharat-Badhe Bharat initiative and no information regarding the same on the official MHRD website.

As per the information on the official website of ‘Samagra Shiksha’ website, an annual grant will be given to schools for strengthening their Libraries. The grant will be awarded to almost 1 million schools.