1. Pre-primary, elementary, secondary, higher-secondary, higher, technical and teacher education
  2.  Formal and non-formal education, including adult literacy
  3. Areas of special focus such as education of girls, Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs), minorities, and children with special needs.
The Education Vertical seeks to facilitate a conducive learning environment through policy and programmes so that people can develop to their full potential and contribute towards the socio-economic development of the country.   The Education Vertical strives to facilitate school readiness, socio-emotional learning, critical and higher-order thinking, and grade-level competency amongst children. It seeks to empower youth with employability skills, research temperament and subject matter expertise through high quality, accessible, equitable, accountable, and affordable education system.
Core Functions
The Vertical covers:  
Education related to agriculture and allied sectors, and public health is not in the domain of the Vertical. The Vertical’s key functions include:
  • Policy Analysis: Evaluation of Cabinet Notes, EFCs, SFCs from Line Ministries.
  • Benchmarking Educational Achievement of States: Development of indices to track progress and infuse healthy competition among States to improve education.
  • Research Studies: The Vertical takes up policy issues in the field of education to formulate recommendations through extensive research and consultations.
  • Programme-Level Intervention: The Vertical also takes up programme-level interventions to develop proof of concept to improve quality of education.
  • World Bank
  • Piramal Foundation
  • Boston Consulting Group
Line Ministries
  • Ministry of Education
  • Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
Title Download
Strategy for New India
Systemic Transformation of School Education - The SATH-E Experience
School Education Quality Index


  • Sustainable Action for Human Development-Education 1.0
  • School Education Quality Index 1.0
  • Sustainable Action for Human Development-Education 2.0


  • School Education Quality Index 2.0
  • Working Paper on Roadmap for Human Capital Development for Economic Growth
  • Working Paper on Roadmap to Improve the Quality of Public School Education
  • Working Paper on Reforms in Higher Education: Rebrand India as the Education Destination
  • Working Paper on State Model Regulatory Framework for Private Schools
  • Reforms in Teacher Education
Who's Who
Name Designation EMAIL ID
Ms. Gitanjali Gupta Programme Director as-nitiaayog[at]gov[dot]in
Dr. Shashank Shah Senior Specialist shashank[dot]shah[at]gov[dot]in
Sh. Harshit Mishra Deputy Adviser harshit[dot]mishra[at]gov[dot]in
Keshav Singh N Consultant keshavsingh[dot]n[at]gov[dot]in