The 2018 budget, Arun Jaitley Finance Minister has focused more on the education sector in India. He launched “Revitalising Infrastructure and system in Education (RISE) by 2022” in which the investment is of 1, 00,000 crores for next four years. The investment is done for the research work and for educational institutional infrastructures which also includes health institutions. Moreover this also includes the quality education for the students of this country. For tribal children, Arun Jaitley proposed to enhance education by the year 2022. In which every block with more than 50% ST population and at least 20,000 tribal persons, will have an Ekalavya Model Residential School on the lines of Navodaya School. The Budget has also stated that the government will initiate an integrated B.Ed. programme for teachers. The Right to Education act has been modified in which 13 lakh untrained teachers will be trained. The Finance Minister also aims on enhancing the technological skills for teachers because of the recent launch of “DIKSHA”, a digital portal. Investment in higher studies was also mentioned. The government will be starting a scheme “Prime Minister’s Research Fellows (PMRF)”by this year. This scheme will work to provide 1,000 best B.Tech students facilities to do Ph.D in IITs and IISc, with fellowship. The budget also proposes the up gradation of district hospitals and government medical colleges.
By: Srishti Sharma
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