Bihar Education Project Council (BEPC) is an autonomous body of Education Department, Govt. of Bihar, has now completed about two and half decade in implementing various education programmes in the state up to secondary/Sr secondary level. At the onset, BEPC had successfully implemented World Bank assisted five-year District Primary Educational Programme (DPEP) which concluded in the Financial Year 2005-06 in eleven educational districts i.e. twenty revenue districts of Bihar as State Implementation Society (SIS).
The council has also honour of successfully implementing the Government of India sponsored ten-year Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) as State Implementation Society (SIS) in all the 38 districts of Bihar. One Society, namely “State Programme for Elementary Education Development (SPEED)” which was earlier implementing the SSA in four districts (Saharsa, Nalanda, Patna and Supaul) has also been merged with BEPC as per the decision of the state Government.
Bihar Education Project Council has now been entrusted to implement Samagra Shiksha, a holistic school education programme in the backdrop of National education Policy, 2020 after the successful implementation of BEP, DPEP III, Sarva Shiksha Abhiya along with NPEGEL. In light of approval of Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, the Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan- an integrated scheme for school education (ISSE), Bihar Government has taken decision to run this centrally sponsored Scheme which has submerged three schemes of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Rashtriya Madhyamik Shikhsa Abhiyan (RMSA) and Teacher Education (TE) through the Bihar Education Project Council (BEPC) – the single State Implementation Society (SIS). The integrated scheme on School Education envisages the school as a continuum from pre-school, primary, upper primary, Secondary to Senior Secondary levels. The vision of the scheme is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education from pre-school to senior secondary stage in accordance with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) for Education.
BEPC has solidified and unified the paradigm shift in education after initiating the process of changing scenario of primary as well as elementary education. The success of the council rests on what it adopted in formulation their realistic plan by involving the entire community/school/CRC/BRC and district. It believes in the doctrine “Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential”. Bringing almost cent percent 6-14 age group children in schools, bridging gender gap, providing them schools within the stipulated distance norms, proving adequate trained teachers to teach them and finally a environment which is capable in holding learners in schools are the success story of the council. The implementation of National Education Policy 2020 along with existing Samagra Shiksha has toughened the task of BEPC and ultimately BEPC is planning to optimize the use its resources.