Education Development in India: Union Budget 2011


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March 4, 2011

Education Development in India: Union Budget 2011

Education is the back bone of the society that decides the country’s future. Since Independence, Education Statistics have really appreciated for India. In the same streams, Union Budget 2011 also broadens the path towards upraising the education standards. However, such hikes in allocation of budget towards education have been usual since a few years.

An amount Rs.52,057 crore for education in not less in laymen terms yet disappointments are on hike as increment is considerably less than expected for the implementation of the acts like RTE etc. Keeping apart the bureaucracy, the mainstream programmes like Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Madhyamik Shiksha  Abhiyan can and had already made remarkable upliftments in education but we still have a long way to go if we compare it with world statistics.

Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan is aimed for the growth of primary education. This flagship programme was aimed to achieve universalization of primary education of satisfactory level by 2010. However not completely but we still have been able to have significant increase in the number of schools and implementations of Mid Day meals etc. There also has been a mass recruitment of teachers. But at the same time, there has been lacunae in running the programme successfully. Ill maintained schools, lack of teachers training, low quality mid day meals, lack of awareness among people and on the whole lack of administrative factor can be easily made out. Well, the growth is visible but in this fast pacing world this growth will soon become stagnant and might diminish.

How ever, In the Budget 2011, a significant hike has been given for promoting secondary education. Implementation of revised scheme “vocationalisation of secondary training” would definitely prove to be a significant step in increasing employability of youth and thereby making them competent and further balancing the demand and supply situation. This will also help the country in stabilizing during economic upheavals. Further considerable allocation of funds for scholarships and institutes like IIT, IIM , AMU etc for providing aids for students to study is appraisable. There have been provisions to scholarship to 40 lakh students.

As far as scholarships are concerned SC and ST would be given financial aids for IX and X also. Further they have already been given reservation and scholarship for graduate courses and post graduate courses and even in government jobs. These advantages are great for “so called minorities and backward” of more than 50 years but are they not really curtailing the right of unreserved classes. At the same time, reservation system is contributing a lot in degrading the quality of professionals from Indian Institutions.

In world statistics, India stands behind more than 100 countries. There is a great need of public private partnership (PPP) to straighten up the route for education development. Higher allocation on education cess will definitely prove beneficial for growth of primary education. Further, Initializing programmes are appreciable but keeping track on the implementation of the programmes will definitely make a change.

The development in education sector can not be ignored but a lot is yet to be done to keep in pace with the world and to realize our selves as an emerging super power.


Vidhi Johri

Ms Vidhi Johri has been working as Project Leader – She has been writing regularly and helping students through her blogs, dedicated towards Personality Development, Interview and soft skills, Job trends etc. She completed PGDM from Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management and Technology. She has been actively involved in content development for the project. Through this project she is engaged in helping young talent in finding their destination in academia.

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