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Education and Skills Development

Education is a key enabler for inclusive growth, sustainable development and participation in a democracy. It stimulates economic growth and empowers citizens to make informed decisions. While there has been significant progress in improving access to primary and secondary education across the world, the quality of education, gaps in learning outcomes, inadequate infrastructure and teacher availability remain areas of concern. Today, education reforms are progressively driven by a growing understanding of how to go about successfully improving education including teaching and learning in schools. Strategic interventions are, therefore, essential to support policy reforms, effective planning and implementation of programmes, coordination with stakeholders, knowledge management, research and innovation, and training and capacity building, improving efficiency and transparency in service delivery, as well as reaching out directly to disadvantaged sections of society.

Along with Education, Skills Development is viewed as part of a larger effort of holistic and all-round development of individuals, leading to the achievement of optimal human potential. An integrated development approach can be a powerful catalyst for change as it has the potential of optimising the benefits of an emerging demographic dividend in many developing countries around the world.

We are conscious of the fact that there is a need for speedy reorganisation of ecosystem of education and skills development, collectively, to suit the needs of the industry and enable decent quality of life to its citizens. We provide technical assistance to improve access, quality of education, skills development through policy interventions, capacity and institution building, programme management, design and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, learning assessments and research. All our services and solutions are tailored to the specific needs of end-users, in view of distinct local circumstances, customs, expectations and cultures. We work with diverse stakeholders in order to deliver sustainable solutions for the global human capital conundrum.

Amit Kaushik

Shalender Sharma


  • DFID: Capacity Building Support to Government of India's Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), (India) (2013-2016)

    Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) is Government of India's (GoI's) national programme for universalising secondary education. It aims to enhance access to secondary education and improve its quality. As part of programme delivery, we are providing support to the Ministry of Human Resource Development, GoI, in areas of learning assessment, teacher management, school performance management, data management and evidence based planning in secondary education, both at national and state level. At the national level, we are providing technical support to apex institutions like National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and National University for Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA) for developing learning assessment frameworks and strengthening the educational data management system. At the regional level, capacity building support is provided to the most needy states to reduce the gap in the pace and quality of RMSA implementation.

  • DFID: Odisha Girls' Incentive Programme (OGIP) - Delivery of a Conditional Secondary School Incentive Programme (CSSIP) for Disadvantaged Girls in Odisha, India (2013-2016)

    OGIP focuses on improving secondary school enrolment, attendance and completion rates of Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) students in Odisha through a system of direct transfer of scholarship, organising learning hubs and safe transport. We are supporting DFID in achieving its project goal of improving secondary school enrolment, attendance and completion rates of over one million Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) students (girls and boys) of class 8, 9 and 10 in Odisha, through the provision of conditional incentive scholarships. We have designed and now manage, a cash transfer system to ensure a secure transfer of the scholarships on a monthly basis directly to the bank accounts of beneficiaries. Pilot initiatives for improving attendance also include the setting up of "Learning Hubs" for remedial education, and "Safe Transport" facilities.

  • DFID: Direct Technical Assistance (DTA) for Implementation of Umbrella Scheme for Education of ST Children to Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA), Government of India (2013-2016)

    Umbrella Scheme for Education of ST Children aims at reducing gaps in educational achievement of tribal students as compared to others. The strategy focuses on filling critical gaps in access to education, improving retention and quality, infrastructure augmentation, deployment of trained teachers, optimal use of funds, flexible approach to address geographic and economic diversity, close monitoring and evaluation, capacity building, etc.

    We are providing direct technical assistance (DTA) to MoTA, GoI to facilitate proper implementation of umbrella scheme to effectively achieve the national commitment to the education of ST children as contained in Articles 15(4), 21-A, 45 and 46 of the Constitution of India. The services include providing technical assistance at National and State level including system reforms, setting up new systems, procedures, capacity building, development of data bank, research studies, effective mechanism for Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mode of disbursement of scholarships, single window scholarship web portal for all ministries dealing with education related scholarships and sharing of good practices.The project also includes a vocational education component, covering support to States in incorporation of vocational education and skills development into their plans including development of teaching material in tribal languages.

  • ADB: Odisha Skills Development Project (OSDP), Government of Odisha, India (2015)

    Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded Odisha Skills Development Project (OSDP) aimed to contribute to enhanced capacity of Odisha State Employment Mission (OSEM) and Directorate of Technical Education and Training (DTET) to provide market responsive, demand-driven, self-sustaining skills framework in priority sectors and skills for improved employability of the working age population of Odisha. We conducted labour market analysis, Monitoring & Evaluation assessments, institutional assessments, and evaluation of Public Private Partnership (PPP) models to support skills development.

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