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Rs. 93,847.64 Crore Allocated For Education Sector In Interim Budget

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The Centre earmarked Rs. 93,847.64 crore for the education sector for 2019-20, an increase of over 10 percent from the last budgetary allocation.

The Centre Friday earmarked Rs. 93,847.64 crore for the education sector for 2019-20, an increase of over 10 percent from the last budgetary allocation. Last year, then finance minister Arun Jaitley had allocated Rs. 85,010 crore for the education sector.

While Rs. 37,461.01 crore has been allocated for higher education, Rs. 56,386.63 crore has been earmarked for school education.

The government has made available more than Rs. 17,000 crore using the Higher Education Financing Agency (HEFA) funding mechanism, the HRD ministry said. It is anticipated that another Rs. 14,000 crore will be made available in the coming year through this window.

The overall fund availability for the higher education sector for 2019-20 would, therefore be Rs.69,193.68 crore. Hence, the fund availability for 2019-20 is almost double as compared to the previous year, the ministry added.

The government has provided an additional equity of Rs. 2,100 crore to HEFA to enable it to mobilise the required funds for building high-quality infrastructure in higher education institutes.

The IITs have been allocated Rs. 6,223 crore. Apart from this, projects valued at Rs. 12,028 crore have been sanctioned from HEFA for the IITs.

“Taking these into account, the fund availability for the IITs has more than doubled for 2019-20 as compared to the previous year. The central universities have been provided Rs. 6,484 crore. The UGC has been allocated another Rs. 4900 crore,” the ministry said.

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For research programmes such as IMPRESS, Rs. 130 crore has been allotted, marking an increase of 37 per cent from last year. The budgetary allocation for the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) has also been increased from Rs. 1,400 crore to Rs. 2,100 crore.

The Unnat Bharat Abhiyan, under which 10,000 villages have been adopted by the higher education institutions, has got 70 per cent increase in budgetary allocation, the HRD ministry said.

In his Budget speech, Goyal announced that allocation for the National Education Mission is being increased from Rs. 32,334 crore in 2018-19 to Rs. 38,572 crore in 2019-20.

Presenting the interim budget, he proposed the launch of a scheme — the ‘Revitalising Infrastructure and Systems in Education (RISE)’ — by 2022 with a total investment of Rs. 1 lakh crore in the next four years to step up investments in research and related infrastructure in premier educational institutions, including health institutions.

The government allocated Rs. 608.87 crore for research and innovation, a massive increase from previous allocation of Rs. 350.23 crore.

Goyal also proposed the setting up of two new full-fledged ‘Schools of Planning and Architecture’ (SPA) to be selected on challenge mode. Additionally, 18 new SPAs would be established in the IITs and NITs as autonomous schools, also on challenge mode, he said.

“The proposal for setting up SPAs have been appraised by the Expenditure Finance Committee. Directors of IITs/NITs and Chief Secretaries of States/UTs have been requested to submit proposals,” the minister said.

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Goyal said technology will be the biggest driver in improving the quality of education and proposed to increase the digital intensity in education and move gradually from “black board” to “digital board”.

“A committee has been set up by the Department of Higher Education to work out the modalities to support ‘Operation Digital Board’ in all schools and to provide quality education by effective use of technology and telecom services,” the minister said.

Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) president Rajib Ray said the percentage increase in funding is not in keeping with the 25 percent increase in seats, something which the higher education institutes and universities across the country have been directed to do by the HRD Ministry.

He alleged that there was nothing in the interim Budget for the central universities or the UGC.

The HRD Ministry has said it will implement 10 percent reservation for economically weaker sections of the general category from the 2019 academic session and has directed to increase around 25 percent seats in higher educational institutes and universities across the country.

Former DUTA president Aditya Narayan Misra said against the allocation of Rs. 35,010 crore in 2018-19, the budget has projected the allocation to reach Rs. 37,461.01 crore, a mere seven percent increase which is almost equal to the rate of inflation.

“This year’s higher education budget is a HEFA-led budget and the allocation for 11 major schemes of the department of higher education includes a loan financing from HEFA reflecting the intention of the BJP-led government,” Misra said.

Ambarish Rai, the national convenor of the Right to Education Forum said, “A mere allocation of Rs. 38,572 crore under the National Education Mission, of which only Rs. 36, 472.40 crores for School Education under Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan, is grossly inadequate to universalize education up to secondary level.”

(Source – NDTV)

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Foundation Stone Laid For Central University Of Himachal Pradesh

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The Union Minister said the Centre has sanctioned several national institutions in the state – IIIT sanctioned for Una, IIT for Mandi, Cluster University sanctioned for Mandi district. In addition to these, several Central schools have also been sanctioned.

Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Thursday jointly laid the foundation stone of the Central University of Himachal Pradesh at Dehra in Kangra district. Mr Javadekar said the university would open new vistas of development in the area, besides providing quality higher education.

He said the Central government would provide all possible help to ensure that the university campus is completed soon.

The Union Minister said the Centre has sanctioned several national institutions in the state – IIIT sanctioned for Una, IIT for Mandi, Cluster University sanctioned for Mandi district. In addition to these, several Central schools have also been sanctioned.

He said the Union government was committed to provide digital boards in a phased manner in about nine lakh schools across the country.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said the Central University of Himachal Pradesh would have two campuses — Dehra and Dharamsala, both in Kangra district.

He said the first campus, to be spread over 750 hectares, would be at Jadrangal near Dharamsala. The second campus would be established at Dehra in an area of 287 hectares.

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Mr Thakur said about Rs. 1,300 crore would be spent on the construction of both these campuses that would be completed in three years.

He said the state was committed to provide quality education. For this, Rs.7,044 crore was being spent on the education sector during the current financial year and a provision of Rs. 7,600 crore has been made for the next fiscal.

(Source NDTV)

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Law Teachers Seek Permission To Practice In Courts

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Once the law teachers were permitted to take up the cases, it would be on a pro-bono basis and if a fee was charged, it would be shared between the university concerned and the law teacher in the ratio of 60:40, the release said.

The executive committee of a consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs) has decided to seek permission from the Bar Council of India to allow full-time faculty to practice law in courts. The decision, among others, was taken by the committee at a meeting here Wednesday, a press release from the Nalsar University of Law here said Thursday.

(NLUs) has decided to seek permission from the Bar Council of India to allow full-time faculty to practice law in courts. The decision, among others, was taken by the committee at a meeting here Wednesday, a press release from the Nalsar University of Law here said Thursday.

Also, the committee resolved that the issue would be taken up with the Bar Council of India seeking an amendment to its Rule 49 which prohibits full-time salaried employees from practicing in courts.

The committee said that not allowing law teachers to practice in the courts of law was ‘harming’ the legal system as law teachers are as important stakeholders in the system as lawyers and judges and can contribute meaningfully to the legal system, the press release said.

Besides, the committee said that as the country badly needs litigation lawyers and also needs to bridge the gap between law in books and law in action, it is necessary that the teachers should themselves go to the court along with the students.

Vice-chancellor of Nalsar varsity and president of the consortium of NLUs professor Faizan Mustafa said the executive committee resolved that in case law teachers are not permitted to practice, a non-practicing allowance of 25 percent at par with medical doctors should be paid, according to the release.

Once the law teachers were permitted to take up the cases, it would be on a pro-bono basis and if a fee was charged, it would be shared between the university concerned and the law teacher in the ratio of 60:40, the release said.

(Source NDTV)

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9 Lakh Classrooms To Have Digital Blackboards By 2022: Prakash Javadekar

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He said that the government will work towards providing all these classes with facilities for digital boards by 2022, starting from the 75th anniversary of the country’s independence.

The Human Resource Development Ministry on Wednesday launched Operation Digital Blackboard, under which nine lakh classrooms in schools and colleges across the country will be equipped with digital facilities for teaching by 2022.

“Some 60-70 years back there was an ‘Operation Blackboard‘ because that was the need of the hour then. But the country has progressed over the years, and now we need an Operation Digital Blackboard,” Mr Javadekar said during the launch.

Last year, the ministry had formed a committee under Professor Ashok Jhunjhunwala of IIT Madras to look into the need of digital blackboards in schools/colleges.

Emphasising the need for digital modes of education to improve the quality of education, Mr Javadekar said that the committee assessed a requirement for seven lakh digital blackboards in classes 9-12, and two lakh for classes in higher education institutions.

He said that the government will work towards providing all these classes with facilities for digital boards by 2022, starting from the 75th anniversary of the country’s independence.

(Source NDTV)

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