Madhya Pradesh: Sath

What is


Sustainable Action for Transforming Human Capital (SATH) is a NITI Aayog supported System Reform project, in three states of India, namely Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Orissa. The main objective of the project is to make the government education system in the chosen SATH states responsive, aspirational, and transformational for every child.

The primary aim is to create role model states for education by facilitating the quantitative and qualitative transformation of learning outcomes in elementary and secondary school education in the states. Combining need-based, data-driven assessments, and technology, SATH-E puts the States at the helm to transform education at scale.



SATH Phase- I

A diagnostic of the status of school education in Madhya Pradesh, focused on establishing the status of access, equity, learning, and governance outcomes in the State. A systematic review of all existing interventions to improve student learning levels was also undertaken.


Based on this diagnostic and the goals set, a 2-year transformation roadmap had been designed under SATH-E Track I for Madhya Pradesh. This roadmap identifies interventions that can contribute to improvements in learning outcomes. This roadmap was jointly created by the Government of Madhya Pradesh, NITI Aayog, and BCG-PFEL (Boston Consulting Group – Piramal Foundation for Education Leadership) for implementation between April 2018 and March 2020. The initiatives under this roadmap include school mergers, teacher recruitment/ rationalization, teacher training, MIS, pedagogical interventions, academic monitoring, and field administrative reorganization.

SATH Phase- II

SATH team and the state have put a lot of changes in motion through
various initiatives in SATH Phase 1 under the following key initiatives:



State system strengthening:
App-based monitoring,
improvements in the delivery of
teacher training

However, reforms of this scale do not reach completion in two years. The momentum gained, particularly at the grassroots level, exemplifies a significant need to ramp-up implementation focus to ensure that each initiative is able to drive the intended impact on student outcomes. The team will continue working on the State’s goals to

  • Further improve the learning outcomes of students
  • Improve access to high-quality schools which are aspirational for parents
  • Further strengthening institutions, and governance & accountability mechanisms

In light of the above status and need to continue the program, NITI Aayog has agreed to support the project for two more years under Phase-II.