New Delhi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented Union Budget 2018. In a welcoming moves in education sector Finance Minister announces so many schemes and new projects for education sector. Finance Minister announces a series of new moves. The government will allocate Rs 1 lakh crore to update the current education infrastructure and technology across the country over the next four years.
For medical education Finance Minister announce that the Centre will start 24 new medical colleges across country. Govt. will upgrade existing district hospitals. The Government will also re launch the RISE in Education by 2022. Finance minister added into this that Centre will work on training teachers and increase number of schools for tribal children.
Finance minister said that every block with more than 50% ST population and at least 20,000 tribal people will have ‘Ekalavya’ school, which will be at par with Navodaya Vidayalas. Arun Jaitley said that “Technology will be the biggest driver in improving quality of education. We propose to increase the digital intensity in education and move gradually from blackboard to digital board,”
Jaitley said, “We have managed to get children to school but the quality of education is still a cause for concern. We now propose to treat education holistically without segmentation from pre-nursery to Class 12.”
“I would like to congratulate Mr. Jaitley and P.M Modi’s Govt. to present a budget that has a strong focus on emerging technologies and the education sector. Machine learning, artificial intelligence, robotics, big data, quantum communication etc. are going to drive future jobs and hence a national programme catering to these disciplines is a welcome initiative. District Wise Strategy to improve the quality of education and achieving standard learning outcomes based on the results of the National Achievement Survey, for me, is a path-breaking announcement, made for the first time. Usually, one gets to read about such initiatives in education policies and not in budget speeches. New medical colleges, planning & architecture schools and a special railway university are steps in the right direction. Overall, I am confident that initiatives announced for the education sector will prove immensely beneficial for our school and college going students.”
CEO & President, UPES – Dehradun
“The government has presented a well-balanced budget with a focus on addressing the fundamental needs of education in India. The budget rightly focuses on movement from traditional blackboards to digital boards which offer enhanced learning experience to students. I would like to congratulate Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley for showing his and his Government great interest in education sector. Mr. Jaitley announces many schemes for education sector like ‘Ekalavya’ and ‘RISE’. Announcement of 24 new medical colleges is a welcoming step.”
‘The 2018 budget will provide an important thrust for established firms as well as start-ups in the ed-tech sector. Mr. Jaitley’s increased emphasis on digital forms, over traditional forms of learning, is a major boon for the industry. This paradigm shift will increase literacy rates, across the country, ensuring that quality education is available for all. This budget’s focus is on higher quality of teacher training and development which aims at equipping educators with latest teaching techniques, skill training and content”
Ms. Minal Anand,
Founder & CEO, GuruQ