The Delhi government on Saturday allocated 21.45% of its ₹75,800 crore budget for the next financial year for education, which has remained the focal point for all eight budgets over the past seven years of the Aam Aadmi Party’s rule in the nation’s capital.
The AAP government has made education its top priority by giving the maximum allocation to this sector, Finance Minister Manish Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio, said when presenting the Delhi budget for 2022-23.
The state government is proposing to spend Rs 16,278,000,000 on education including ₹ 14,412 crores in revenue and ₹ 1,866 crores in capital expenditure. This is slightly less than the allocation for 2021-22, when the government allocated ₹16,377, or 23.7% of the total budget of ₹69,000 crore, for education.
This year the budget theme was rozgar (employment) and Sisodia, while emphasizing job creation, presented a number of new initiatives as well as the expansion of existing programs. The country would need 90 million new jobs by 2030, and that would require more job creators, he said.
“The biggest challenge will be to create these jobs. Who will give these jobs? I can’t speak for the rest of the country but in Delhi we have undertaken a unique initiative to create job creators not job seekers while the children are still in school,” said Sisodia, by announcing the extension of its Business Blasters. private school program.
As part of the Business Blasters program launched last year, students in grades 11 and 12 are mentored and receive financial capital from ₹2,000 as seed money to help fund their business ideas. It is part of Delhi Government’s Entrepreneur Mindset (EMC) program for secondary school students.
“Starting next fiscal year, the Business Blasters program will be extended to private schools in the capital as well as public schools so that students studying in public and private schools can study in the spirit of becoming job creators. rather than job seekers,” Sisodia said.
The Minister of Education also announced his intention to establish a school science museum in the enclave of Chirag to motivate children and teachers to develop a better understanding of these subjects which often seem complicated when explained through books and videos. A sum of ₹50 crores has been allocated for the proposed museum.
“The museum will allow children to easily understand complex subjects. The museum will make children curious about science and encourage their interest in the field by clarifying their fundamental concepts,” said Sisodia.
A boarding school for homeless children was offered with a stipend of ₹10 crores. When announcing the project, Sisodia said it was not possible to provide quality education unless basic facilities like food and housing were guaranteed.
“Regarding the future of these underprivileged homeless children at an early age, the Delhi government has decided to establish a boarding school with modern facilities. These schools will also facilitate the education of children and try to integrate them into society,” Sisodia said.
He also said that the Delhi government’s mindset studies programs – Happiness Curriculum, Deshbhakti Curriculum and Entrepreneurship Curriculum – will be extended to private schools at the request of parents and teachers. Plans to convert all public school classrooms in Delhi to digital classrooms over the next four years and to set up Montessori labs in another 100 schools have also been announced.
Sisodia said more than 250 sports talents from all over the country will be educated at Delhi Sports University.
The government’s continued emphasis on entrepreneurship and its expansion into private schools is a welcome move, said educator Meeta Sengupta.
“They call it entrepreneurship, but the kids are basically being trained in basic life skills and basic education. Extending these initiatives to private schools is a good step, although many schools already have similar programs,” Sengupta said. “It will also help bridge the gap between public and private schools.”
The government has increased the number of higher technical education institutions over the past seven years with the addition of five new universities, Sisodia said in his speech.
The Minister of Education also said that the admission of students to universities such as Delhi Technological University has increased significantly. In 2014, 2226 students were admitted into the technical university, while in 2020 the admission increased to 4105.
Likewise, a total of 913 children were enrolled in Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology in 2014, but after the formation of Netaji Subhas University of Technology, 3,200 children were admitted in 2021.
Similarly, the number of seats at Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University has increased from 28,000 seats in 2014 to 38,000 now.