Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ has approved the release of Performance Grading Index 2019-20 for States and UTs today. Government has introduced the Performance Grading Index with a set of 70 parameters to catalyze transformational change in the field of school education.
The PGI for States and UTs was first published in 2019 with reference year 2017-18. Punjab, Chandigarh, Tamil Nadu, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Kerala occupy the highest grade, which is Grade A, for 2019-20.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Puducherry, Punjab and Tamil Nadu have improved overall PGI score by 10 percent, that is, 100 or more points.
The PGI exercise helps States and UTs to pinpoint the gaps and prioritise areas for intervention. Most of the States and UTs have improved their grade in PGI 2019-20 compared to the earlier years. Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep and Punjab have shown improvement by 10 percent or more in the PGI domain: Access. As many as thirteen States and UTs have shown improvement by 10 percent or more in the PGI domain: Infrastructure and Facilities. Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Odisha have shown improvement by 20 percent or more. Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Odisha have shown more than 10 percent improvement in the PGI domain: Equity.