Noted Educationist Kuldeep Sarolia Backs Budget 2018 Initiatives; Would Have Liked More
By: Kuldeep Surolia
Noted Educationist Kuldeep Sarolia Backs Budget 2018 Initiatives;
Bengaluru/ New Delhi- Noted educationist and author Kuldeep Surolia felt that Budget 2018, while undertaking a slew of steps to help reap the much heralded youth demographic dividend, the budget could have done more.
"I appreciate the many steps that the finance minister announced, particularly with regard to the scheme to identify 1000 B.Tech students every year and support them in completing PhD degrees from IIT and ISC,while they undertake to teach undergraduate students once a week.
That being stated, I think the steps taken with regard to education are more technocratic than path-breaking,something that I had come to expect from this government. Nevertheless, I am glad that they realize the importance of supporting education as a sector. This is the only way that India can hope to become the leader among nations, that it has long aspired to be."
Among the steps that Surolia felt would go some way in giving a fillip to the education sector in India were-
· Enhanced stress on digital education
· Amendment to RTE act to facilitate training of 13 lac teachers.
· Starting integrated B.Ed. programme for teachers.
· Setting up Ekalavya schools for scheduled tribes at par with Navodya Vidyalayas
The challenge would lie in implementing these initiatives effectively in order for these to deliver according to potential, according to Surolia. He also hoped that the next budget, which would be this government's last budget, would accord the top priority to education that it surely deserves.
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