The Union Budget 2018 was announced yesterday amidst much speculations and fanfare. The education sector also received ample amount of funds and schemes from the government. The proposal of Eklavya schools for tribal population, 24 new medical colleges, and Prime Minister Research fellowships among other schemes was made by the Union MinisterArunJaitley. The government will start two more full-fledged schools of Planning and Architecture, which will take the total number of such schools to 18 across in the country. For doing research in premier science and technology institutes like IITs and IISc, he also announced Prime Minister Research Fellowships for 1000 BTech students.
The proposal of 24 more government medical colleges by upgrading already existing district medical collegeswas also made in Budget 2018. With this, the total number medical colleges will be 1 for every 3 parliament constituencies.
In his Budget 2018 presentation,the finance minister talked about the government’s scheme for revitalizing school infrastructure, RISE – Revitalizing Infrastructure in School Education, with an allocation of 1 lakh crore rupees over four years. In an initiated to improve quality of teaching, he also announced Integrated B.Ed programme for teachers.
The new Prime Minister Research Fellowship scheme will identify bright students pursuing BTech in premier engineering institutes and they will be provided higher-education opportunities in IITs IISc Bangalore with handsome financial assistance.