The Union Budget 2021 has focused on making the students skilled, be it from apprenticeship programs for diploma holders and graduates or be it a central university in Leh. Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Finance Minister, presented her third budget today. There is a demand for focus on digital infrastructure, an implementation plan, and more allocation of funds due to the announcement of NEP (National Education Policy).
Following are some major takeaways from BUDGET 2021 for the Education sector:
- To translate information related to policies, available on the internet in regional languages – National Language Translation Mission. As NEP 2021 (National Education Policy) emphasizes the need of creating and delivering content in regional languages, this move in line with that.
- Regional National Institutes of Virology to be set up.
- To strengthen research and focus on the national priority trust area, an outlay of around 50,000 crore for a time duration of five years to be given to the NRF (National Research Foundation).
- To collect info on building and construction workers, gig workers, among others, a portal has been proposed by the government.
- National Education Policy to be implemented in over 15,000 schools and these schools to act as model for rest of the schools.
- Setting-up of 100 new Sainik Schools.
- For making higher education accessible, a central university to be opened in Leh.
- In tribal areas, around 750 eklavya model residential schools to be set up. Unit cost for each school to be increased from 20 cr to 38 cr.
- Redemption of post-matric scheme and enhanced central assistance for the scheme. Over six years, Rs 35219 will be disbursed.
- To increase the opportunities for the students, the Apprenticeship Act will be amended and graduates, as well as diploma holders in engineering, will be trained under this scheme which has been allocated Rs 3000.
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