Education Budget 2021

Written By| Minu Jyotsna|

The education sector was allotted Rs. 99,224.31 crores in the Union Budget 2021, presented by finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman this morning. The Key Highlights in the Budget for the education sector were as follows:

 The main focus has been on steps towards implementation of NEP, International Research collaboration, and Setting up of Higher education commission.

Schemes under NEP

·         For effective implementation of the National Education Policy, 15000 schools will be strengthened initially. These schools will mentor and work as a model for NEP implementation across the country.

·         100 new Sainik schools will be established.

·         The 'national language translation mission' has been announced which will help in the translation of policy-related information that will be available on the internet in regional languages.

Other Highlights:

·         The government will set up a Higher education Commission responsible for the accreditation and regular funding of the colleges and Universities.

·         The Department of School education and Literacy, Ministry of education, will receive Rs. 54,873.66 crore for the upcoming financial year.

·         Degree level online education program to be offered by 100 institutions within the National institutional Ranking Framework.

·         For making higher education accessible to the region of Ladakh, a central university will be established in Ladakh.

·         The government will set up 750 eklavya residential schools in Tribal areas. The expenditure outlay for the same is Rs. 20,000 crores and for Hilly areas, it is Rs.48 crore.

·         Rs. 35,219 crores over 6 years has been allocated for the benefit of scheduled castes students.

·         A partnership with UAE and Japan has been established for skill development and recognition.

·         Realigning of apprenticeship for students from Diploma in Engineering gets allocated fund of Rs. 3000 crores.

·         National research foundation gets an outlay of Rs. 50,000 crore over 5 years and collaboration with japan has been announced for sharing of Technology and Knowledge.

Her message to the youth and women of the country was "For today's youth born at the turn of the century, for every member of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes who seeks a better life, for every woman wishing to stand up and get counted, for every individual from the minority sections of our society – this Budget aims to have your aspirations and hopes addressed."