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On the cusp of another Union Budget, we take a look at which schemes are active, which are stagnant and how much we’re spending on Gen Next in budget 2017-18

Published: 30th January 2017 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th January 2017 12:22 AM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

What do insiders want for FY 2017-18?

There has been a signifi cant growth in techbased learning in 2016. This year, we expect to see growth in the fi eld of career guidance for students from both private and government schools.

With introductions of measures like Exit Test for engineering students, students need to make informed decisions. There is also a dire need to put a system in place that will push for development of 21st-century skills that will help students get a job.

Jaideep Gupta,
CEO and Founder, Univariety

In the past year, we have witnessed quite a lot of changes in the education sector, from forming a new education policy to the ever changing norms for the NEET exam eligibility.

The budget this year should enable us to evolve both in higher education and in the K-12 segment, and help us provide technology-enabled education to the students of our nation. In the coming years, we hope the Government digitizes every classroom

Beas Dev Ralhana,
CEO, Co-founder, Next Education

The Finance Minister allotted a 4.9 per cent increase in the public education spend last year. This year too, budget should increase. But more important is the usage of that budget. The government schools historically have been paying higher salaries to the teachers and have better infrastructure, but still
students are not going. So the real worry is that there is no motivation for teachers and the school leadership is poor – no discipline and quality

T Muralidharan,
Chairman, Founder, TMI Group

India holds an important place in the global education industry, yet taxation benefits are negligible for the students and the parents.

Following suggestions are noteworthy to encourage parents to invest more in the education of their children: a) Additional deduction should be allowed for the tuition expenses incurred by the parent on their childrens’ education. b) Tax benefits under Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Schemes for the education of their girl child. c) Deduction for repayment of principal of education loan

Prateek Bhargava,
CEO and Founder, Mindler


    Madarsa modernisation - Active
    Umbrella Scheme - Active
    Five more IITs in the Jammu, Chattisgarh, Goa, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. Five IIMs would be set up in the States of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Bihar, Odisha and Maharashtra - 2 IITs were established in Andhra Pradesh and Kerala (2015) and 6 IIMs were established in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Punjab, Odisha, Himachal Pradesh
- In process
    New Teachers Training Programme - Active
    Mid-Day Meal scheme -Active
    Agriculture Universities in Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan & Horticulture Universities in Telangana & Haryana - One horticulture university in Telangana - In process
    Virtual classrooms as Communication Linked Interface for Cultivating Knowledge (CLICK) and online courses - Inactive


    Digital connectivity; skilling our youth - Active
    Over 80,000 secondary schools and add or upgrade 75,000 junior/middle, to the senior secondary level - In process
    A Student Financial Aid Authority to administer and monitor the front-end all scholarship as well Educational Loan Schemes, through the Pradhan Mantri Vidya Lakshmi Karyakram - Active
    New All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) to be set up in J&K, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh and Assam. Another AIIMS like institutions to be setup in Bihar - Inactive
    A post graduate institute of Horticulture Research and Education is to be set up in Amritsar - Active
    Three new National Institutes of Pharmaceutical Education and Research will be set up in Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Chattisgarh and one institute of Science and Education Research will be set up in Nagaland and Odisha each - Inactive/NI


    62 new Navodaya Vidyalayas will be opened - Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved opening of one Jawahar Navodaya on November 23 - In process
    Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan to increasing focus on quality of education - Active
    Digital Depository for School Leaving Certificates, College Degrees, Academic Awards and Mark sheets to be set-up - In process
    Higher Education Financing Agency to be set-up with capital base of 1000 Crores - Active


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