The vision for Maharashtra: English Language Initiative for Primary Schools (ELIPS) was to increase communicative and interactive language learning in learner and learning focussed primary classrooms in line with the principles of the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) 2005.
In 2011, the Maharashtra State Government requested the British Council to design a sustainable training programme which would develop both the language proficiency and methodological skills of primary teachers in 67,200 government schools across the state. The ELIPS project planned to build institutional and systemic capacity to achieve this, as well as to develop parallel interventions through a number of innovative digital channels such as TV, radio and online. Subsequent to its successful completion, the Maharashtra State Government invited the British Council to recommend an extension to the project. This new project - TEJAS - was launched in 2016 in partnership with Tata Trusts.