Paschim Banga Samagra Shiksha Mission, Howrah

Address: New Collectorate Building (2nd Floor), 7 No, Rishi Bankim Chandra Road, Howrah-711101


Tel. No. – 033-2640 4353, 033-2637 7671

E-Mail: ssmhowrah[at]gmail[dot]com

Samagra Shiksha – an overarching programme for the school education sector extending from pre-school to class 12 prepared with the broader goal of improving school effectiveness measured in terms of equal opportunities for schooling and equitable learning outcomes. It subsumes the three erstwhile Schemes of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) and Teacher Education (TE).

The major objectives of this sector-wide development programme/scheme are the provision of quality education and enhancing learning outcomes of students; Bridging Social and Gender Gaps in School Education; Ensuring equity and inclusion at all levels of school education; Ensuring minimum standards in schooling provisions; Promoting Vocationalisation of education; Support States in implementation of Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009; Strengthening and up-gradation of State Councils of Educational Research and Training (SCERTs)/State Institutes of Education (SIE) and District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) as nodal agencies for teacher training. The main outcomes of the Scheme are envisaged as Universal Access, Equity and Quality, promoting Vocationalisation of Education and strengthening of Teacher Education Institutions (TEIs).


  1. Universal Access including Infrastructure Development and Retention
  2. Holistic approach to education :- Treat school education holistically as a continuum from Pre-school to Class 12
  3. Focus on Quality of Education
  4. Focus on Gender and Equity
  5. Focus on Inclusive Education
  6. Focus on RTE Entitlements including uniforms, textbooks etc
  7. Focus on Skill Development
  8. Focus on Sports and Physical Education
  9. Focus on Digital Initiatives
  10. Strengthening of Teacher Education & Training 

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The main functions of this Department are as follows:

  • Infrastructural Support:- To achieve the goals of RTE norms, Funds are allotted to the schools for infrastructural development purposes namely ACR, Toilets (Girls & Boys), Barrier Free Toilet (for CWSN), Boundary Wall, Guard Wall, Repairing grants, Toilets under Ganga Action Plan, Electrification on the basis of planning made on field verification report and U-DISE data.
  • Retention: The following steps are taken to improve children’s attendance, 100% retention & transition in schools, etc :
    • Providing Uniforms, Free Text Book, Mid-Day-Meal, etc.
    • Special focus on games & sports and cultural activities
    • Peer Group learning.
    • Science show / Exhibition for Upper Primary Children
    • Parents Counselling involving teachers & MTA members & Community for the upliftment of Social life of the children.
    • Orientation of VEC/MTA members to emphasize education.
    • Counselling of Community leaders on education.
  • Enhancing Quality: For enhancing the quality of teachers, subject-wise teacher training on the new syllabus is imparted and training on Computer-Aided Learning to the teachers is also provided.
  • Children With Special Need (CWSN):
    • Strengthening the identification system of CWSN: Emphasis is given to streamlining the process of identification of CWSN.
    • Procurement of Aids And Appliances: Fund for procurement of Aids and Appliances is proposed for identified CWSN.
    • Full coverage of CWSN: Initiatives are taken for 100% coverage of CWSN through regular schools.
    • Teachers Training: Emphasis is given to make source person from in-service teachers through RCI Foundation course.
    • Strengthening the Resource Room: To provide support services including remedial teaching to the CWSN & to implement Therapeutic Management.
    • Transport Allowance: A number of Children with ASD, CP, HI, and Multiple Disabilities are enrolled under different schools. Transport allowance is considered for those categories of CWSN. All Girls with disabilities are also considered for the transport allowance.
    • Escort Allowance: Apart from transport allowance, Escort allowance is proposed for the CWSN with Lower extremity disabilities, Blindness, and Mental Retardation enrolled under different schools.
    • Braille Book and Large Print Book: Braille Book and Large Print Book are required to be procured for Visual Impaired Students.
  • Special Training For Mainstreaming Out Of School Children: Section 4 of the RTE Act makes specific provisions for Special Training for age-appropriate admission for out-of-school children. A majority of out-of-school children belong to disadvantaged communities: scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, Muslim minorities, migrants, children with special needs, Urban Deprived Children, working children, etc.
  • Girls Education: Sarva Shiksha Mission lays emphasis on bridging all gender and social category gaps at the elementary education level with time-bound objectives. It provides access, ensuring enrolment, improving retention and quality of girls education in both primary and upper primary level incorporating gender-sensitive components – conducting exposure visits for girls, Metric Mela, Vocational Training for girls, building a separate toilet for girls, etc.
  • Management Information System: The best practices for implementing Education Management Information Systems (EMIS) is to improve planning, organizational efficiencies, data collection and analysis, information sharing, and transparency in the education sector, especially as these activities may relate to helping meet objectives related to Education. Student Data Base Management Information System (SDBMIS): Detailed information of each and every student of schools is being incorporated in the aforesaid database from the year 2016.
  • Community Mobilization activities: Community Mobilization/ Participation: It would be impossible to succeed in the objectives of RTE without wholehearted support and ownership by the people and community.
    • To ensure community participation people are made involved in the forum of VEC/WEC for primary and MC for Upper Primary.
    • Community involvement during the Enrolment drive celebration.
    • Motivating parents of children including the disabled for their enrolment in schools.
    • Taking suggestions from the community for better performance of the students/school.
    • Involve community members in school activities to reduce the social distance between the school and the community.
    • A child register containing all sorts of information of children from birth to the age of 14 is thoroughly maintained at the CLRC level. Community members are also involved in this programme.
  • SMC/PRI Training: Members of SMC/PRI are imparted training for residential / non-residential for 3 days.