Ministry of Human Resource Development
Alternative and Innovative Education Scheme
As per information provided by the States and UTs for the 2012-13, the number of out of school children in the country is estimated at 29.34 lakh.
Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) has provided support to alternate schooling facilities under its Education Guarantee Scheme (EGS) and Alternative Innovative Education (AIE) component, however, with the Right to Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009 mandating every child be admitted to a class appropriate to his/her age, to bring out of school children at par with the class in which they are admitted, Special Training facilities are now being provided under the SSA. For the year 2012-13, financial outlay of Rs. 1580 crore has been made for the purpose.
This information was given by Shri Dr. D. Purandeswari, Minister of State for Human Resource in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.