What the 2018 Indian Budget Spells for Education

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Indian Education Budget 2018

The Budget 2018 as presented by Union Finance Minister has listed out some big wins for the education sector; moves that are focused on not only improving the quality of education in India but also shifts focus to yet unexplored sectors under education. Here are the highlights focused on education from the Indian Budget 2018.

  • Overall allocation of INR 1.38 lakh crore for 2018-19 for education, health, and social security
  • Proposal to launch the Revitalizing of Infrastructure and Systems of Education (RISE) by 2019
  • Announcement of Diksha, a teachers' training program to train 13 lakh untrained teachers. Intiation of an integrated B.Ed programme for teachers
  • Education to be treated holistically without segmentation from nursery to class 12
  • By 2022, blocks with more than 50% ST population to have Eklavya schools which will be on par with Navodaya Vidyalayas
  • Government to increase digital intensity in education; to move from blackboard to digital board by 2022
  • Establishment of PM research fellow; government will identify 1000 B.Tech students and grant them PhD scholar status at IIT and IISc, while also giving them teaching responsibilities to teach undergraduate students once a week
  • Establishment of 24 new medical colleges with an aim to have one government medical college in every Parliamentary constituency; also implementation of plan to upgrade existing medical colleges
  • Announced the launch of 18 new schools of planning and architecture at IITs across the country

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