Tribune News Service
New Delhi, February 1
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today made a higher allocation of Rs 93,224.31 crore (in Budget Estimate 2021-22) towards the Education Ministry as compared to the 2020-21 Revised Estimate (RE) of Rs 93,198.81 crore or the money the Narendra Modi government spent on the sector last year.
The 2021-22 BE includes Rs 54,873.66 crore for the school education and literacy and Rs 38,350.65 crore for higher education, higher than RE (2020-21) of Rs 52,189.07 and Rs 32,900 crore, respectively.
However, as compared to the BE 2020-21, the allocation is lower.
Officials say the allocation last year (BE 2020-21 of Rs 59,845 crore) was rationalised to Rs 52,189.07 crore in RE 2020-21 post-Covid-19 situation and has now been increased to Rs 54,873 crore — an overall increase of Rs 2684.59 crore (5.14%) for Department of School Education and Literacy from RE 2020-21. Of the Rs 54,873.66 crore allocated this year, scheme allocation is Rs 43,648.66 crore and non-scheme allocation Rs 11,225 crore. The scheme allocation has been increased by Rs 1,895.08 crore and non-scheme by Rs 789.51 crore as compared to RE 2020-21, they say.
Meanwhile, Sitharaman said the government would introduce a legislation this year to set up the Higher Education Commission of India, an umbrella body having four separate vehicles for standard setting, accreditation, regulation, and funding, she announced in the last Budget.
She also announced a Central University in Leh for accessible higher education in Ladakh and qualitative strengthening of more than 15,000 schools with all components of the National Education Policy to enable them to emerge as exemplar schools in their regions.
She proposed 100 new Sainik Schools in partnership with NGOs/private schools/states. Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ lauded the Budget for providing “a major boost to education”.