Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the Budget for the financial year 2022-23 on 1st February.
Along with increased budget allocation for the Education Sector, the FM also focused on Digital modes of learning, the creation of a digital university, agri-education, and much more.
Here are all the important updates you need to know regarding proposed changes to the Education Sector
- The Overall Financial Allocation for the education sector for Budget 2022 increased to Rs 1.04 lakh crore from Rs 93,224 crore (Budget estimate) in 2021-22. FM Nirmala Sitharaman further laid emphasis on digital modes of learning to reverse learning losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic
- The government will focus on empowering the youth, women, and the poor in the country. FM added that ‘PM Gati Shakti’ will add 60 lakh more jobs and opportunities for the youth.
- Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming, and Comics (AVGC) sectors could also create a boom in job opportunities for the youth holding strong future promises, the FM emphasized.
- FM Sitharaman laid emphasis on the need for revival of Agri-Universities and promised that states will be encouraged to revise syllabi of agricultural universities to meet the needs of natural, zero-budget, organic farming, and modern-day agriculture.
- FM Sitharaman further added that owing to Covid-19, many children in government schools have lost two crucial years of formal education. High-quality e-content will be thus developed in regional languages especially for them. The content will be delivered via the internet, mobile phone, TV, and through radio and digital teachers.
- The “One class-One channel” initiative under PM e-VIDYA will be scaled from 12 to 200 channels to enable all states to provide supplementary education in regional languages for children for classes 1-12.
- FM Sitaraman added that a Digital University will be developed to provide universal access to students that provides world-class quality education with ISTE standards.
- The budget laid emphasis on skilling programs. FM Sitharaman promised that ITIs will soon start courses on skilling.
- A Digital DESH e-portal will be launched for the skilling, upskilling & reskilling of the youth.
- Startups will be incentivized to facilitate ‘Drone Shakti’ through varied applications and for Drone-As-A-Service (DrAAS). In ITIs of most states, the required courses skilling will be started.
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