The Ministry of Human Resource Development addressed the growth of the education sector post COVID19 period at the 15th meeting of the Finance Commission held on Monday. At the meeting HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank proposed over the next five years more than Rs 10 lakh crore budget for the education sector.
The Minister emphasized the development of online courses / programs, and projected Rs 2306.4 crore ‘s requirement for achieving it over the next five years. The Minister also proposed a demand for Rs 55,84 crore to come up with ICT allowed classrooms in the country’s 3.10 lakh government schools.
Over the next five years, the minister has also suggested offering digital services to 40 percent of higher education graduates. As per COVID19 guidelines, the government has also asked for Rs 1000 for each teacher for their protection at schools. In addition, Rs 1500 per school for media and community mobilization and secure operational school grants of Rs 25000 per school of up to 100 students to Rs 1 lakh per school with 1000 or more students were also needed.
Therefore, the Ministry for the sector proposed a total of 10.37 lakh crore budget that includes Rs 4 lakh crore for higher education and Rs 6.37 lakh crore for school education and literacy over the next five years.