Union Budget Education Sector 2021: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has presented the budget for the financial year 2021-22. This is the third budget of the second term of the Modi government. This budget has become very important due to Corona epidemic and subsequent economic crisis. Some important announcements have also been made in the budget regarding the education sector. Let’s know about them.
The quality of more than 15 thousand schools will improve
In the budget, Finance Minister Sitharaman announced that the quality of more than 15 thousand schools will be improved. These will include all the matters of national education policy. They will be elevated as the best schools in their regions. And they will help and monitor other schools to achieve the ideals of policy. The Finance Minister also said that 100 new Sainik Schools will be set up in agreement with NGOs / Private Schools / States.
The Finance Minister has also given information about the formation of Higher Education Commission of India. Sitharaman said that in the budget 2019-20, he had mentioned the formation of Higher Education Commission of India. He told that the bill will be introduced this year to implement it. It will be a joint entity which will have four separate parts for setting criteria, regulation, recognition and funding.
Sitharaman said in the budget speech that in many of our cities there are many institutes, universities and colleges which are supported by the Government of India. For example, there are about 40 such large institutes in Hyderabad. In nine such cities, they will form joint units, so that there is better synergy between these institutions, with which their internal autonomy remains. A glue grant will be set aside for this.
New central university will open in Leh
Apart from this, the Finance Minister has proposed to set up a central university in Leh, for higher education, in Ladakh. It was announced in the budget that the government has targeted to set up 750 Eklavya Model Residential Schools in tribal areas. They propose that the unit cost of each such school be increased from 20 crore to 30 crore. This will provide good facilities to tribal students.
The budget has also announced to change the post-metric scholarship scheme for scheduled castes. In this case, central assistance has been increased. They are allocating 35,219 crore for this for 6 years.