Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan launched the PM SHRI scheme in Chhattisgarh, aiming to upgrade 211 schools. He emphasized reducing academic stress as per the objectives of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. The scheme includes introducing 10 bag-less days annually and allowing students to appear for board exams twice from 2025-26. Pradhan also highlighted the importance of sports and cultural activities. Additionally, he criticized the previous government's approach to education and expressed aspirations for Chhattisgarh athletes to excel in the 2036 Olympics. As per a request made by Chhattisgarh's School and Higher Education Minister BrijmohanAgrawal, more secondary and higher secondary schools will be covered under the scheme in its next phase, Pradhan said. He said India will bid to host the 2036 Olympics Games and he expects that 10 per cent of medals for the country in the quadrennial event should come from Chhattisgarh athletes and preparations for it should start from this year itself. Chief Minister Sai, minister Agrawal and other senior officials were present at the function.

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