The Model School scheme was launched in November 2008 in pursuance to the announcement of the Prime Minister in his Independence Day speech of 2007. The scheme aims to provide quality education to talented rural children through setting up of 6,000 model schools as benchmark of excellence at block level at the rate of one school per block. The scheme has the following objectives:
The scheme has two modes of implementation, viz. (i) 3,500 schools are to be set up in as many educationally backward blocks (EBBs) through State/UT Governments, and (ii) the remaining 2,500 schools are to be set up under Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode in blocks which are not educationally backward. The State Sector component for setting up of model schools in EBBs through State/UT Governments is being implemented from 2009-10 and implementation of the PPP component for setting up of model schools in blocks which are not educationally backward has been initiated from 2012-13.