What Students and Teachers of India Got from Union Budget 2018?
To impart quality education, Revitalizing Infrastructure and Systems in Education (RISE) is proposed to be launched by 2022 with a total investment of 1,00,000 crore in next four years. The aim is to step up investment in research and related infrastructure in premier educational and medical institutions.
Mumbai: Like every year, this year too, on February 1, 2018 Union Budget 2018 was presented by the Finance Minister, Arun Jaitely. Expectations were high with respect to this year’s budget from various sectors. However, it has succeeded to meet some expectations while failed to meet some. According to few experts, the budget 2018 is a better one when compared to the previous year’s, while some experts believe that there is nothing new excepts few minor changes. However, the decision whether the budget 2018 is good or bad, is highly subjective and varies from person to person’s view. Was the budget 2018 beneficial? Did it disappoint any sector? are few of the common questions arising amongst people. Let’s find answers for these questions in this article.
The sectors which will be benefited by the budget 2018 include Agriculture where it is going to be a new ray of hope for farmers. This is because much emphasis will be laid upon investment in agricultural markets across India. Health Care, which has an inclusion of National Health Protection Scheme which will insure 500 million people is also in the list to impress many. Addition to these, transport companies, consumer companies, jewelers, airports, etc will be benefited.
The above mentioned benefits are like one face of the coin. There is the other face which includes how budget 2018 has disappointed some sectors. It includes Bond Investors, Financial Sector and most importantly, defence sector. The defence budget has seen just a meagre increase of 7.81% to 2.95 trillion against last year’s 2.74 trillion which is not at all significant difference. According to the military experts, the budget allocation is inadequate to modernize India’s armed forces and it will be difficult to tackle assertiveness of China and hostilities from Pakistan.
Some allegations by Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, also have come to light. He has expressed his disappointment about the budget 2018 and alleged that Centre was continuing with ‘step-motherly’ treatment to Delhi. And according to his deputy, Manish Sisodia, Centre considers the residents of Delhi as ‘Second Grade Citizens’.
This was the overview of various sectors the budget 2018 has influenced. In telling you the overview of the budget 2018, we missed something and that’s education sector. So now lies the curiosity whether budget 2018 has disappointed the students and teachers. Here are some of the highlights of what new budget 2018 has for students and teachers
Revitalizing Infrastructure and Systems in Education (RISE)
To impart quality education, Revitalizing Infrastructure and Systems in Education (RISE) is proposed to be launched by 2022 with a total investment of 1,00,000 crore in next four years. The aim is to step up the investment in research and related infrastructure in premier educational and medical institutions.
To enhance education of tribal children, a vision to achieve Eklavya Model Residential School on the lines of Navodaya School.
Initiation of integrated B.Ed programme for teachers. The amendment of right to education act by the Government will enable training of 13 lakh untrained teachers. Digital Portal Diksha Use of technology to enhance the skills of teachers is the aim of Diksha.
Prime Minister’s Research Fellow Scheme
This scheme involves investments for higher education. It aims at selecting 1000 best B.Tech students every year from premier institutions and providing them the facility to pursue Ph.D in institutions like IIT’s and IISc with fellowship.
24 new government medical colleges and hospitals will be setup and upgradation of district hospitals.
This University will be set up at Vadodara where the work force of high speed railway projects would get trained here.
These were some of the highlights of budget 2018 relating to education sector. However, it has not met few of the expectations of the students and one of them is extension of the tax exemption available on interest of education loan to the principal repayment. Hope 2019 budget will be able to meet maximum expectations of the students and help them achieve their goals.
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