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Education brass tacks

Education brass tacks
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First Published: Fri, Jul 03 2009. 01 15 AM IST
Updated: Fri, Jul 03 2009. 05 42 PM IST
New Delhi: Following human resource development minister Kapil Sibal’s unraveling of his 100-day plan for his ministry, the education sector is likely to see radical changes. Sibal has announced making Board exams optional and implementing the recommendations of the Yashpal Committee report for higher education.
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The government has recently set up six new branches of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and has announced setting up of several NIITs or National Institute of Information Technology and IIITs or Indian Institute of Information Technology. It is also setting up polytechnics in 100 districts, to cater to minority groups, scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, and other backward castes.
It is widely felt that the government’s flagship programme, Sarva Shiksha Abhayan needs improvement in terms of accountability and fund allocation. At present the government allocates equal amount of funds across all districts. This could undergo drastic change in the forthcoming budget. The funds will now be charged as per the requirement of each district. Also there would be emphasis on the outcome budget.
The budget is likely to deal with prime minister’s announcement on creating 2,500 model schools on the lines of Kendriya Vidyalayas using Public Private Partnership (PPP). Various PPP models are being adopted to cater to every level of education.
In addition to these schemes, Higher and Technical education is allocated Rs80,000 crores in the 11th plan, of which only Rs11,000 crores have been utilized in the last two years.
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First Published: Fri, Jul 03 2009. 01 15 AM IST