Budget 2022: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has started presenting the Fourth India Budget today, February 1. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for increased budget allocation for education as schools, universities and other educational institutions have once again returned to online classes.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has made many big announcements in the budget regarding education-
The Agricultural University syllabus will be revised to accommodate the need for natural, zero-budget and organic farming and modern agriculture
One Class One TV Channel To combat the learning loss due to the pandemic, the PM e-VIDYA scheme will be expanded from 12 channels to 200 channels to facilitate supplementary learning for all classes 1 to 12 in regional languages.
Digital University will be developed and launched with an aim to provide world class quality education to the students
-Skilling program will be revamped. For skilling, upskilling and reskilling of our youth, Digital Desh e-portal will be launched.
-Quality e-content has to be created through various means. Teachers will be trained to use better e-learning outcomes.
The pandemic has been a mixed bag for the education sector. The continuous closure of schools and colleges has had a major impact on learning outcomes. Financial pressure was also felt in the enrollment of students.
On the other hand, however, the shift to the digital medium has accelerated the growth of ed-tech companies and helped accelerate the growth of the sector. Ahead of the budget, industry experts expected a decisive step towards education and a higher outlay towards development of the sector.
first published:Feb. 1, 2022, 12:51 p.m.