Higher Education -Digital University

 Higher Education Budget 2022

Union Minister for Education and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Dharmendra Pradhan has lauded the Union Budget 2022 as being inclusive, forward-looking and aspirational, laying the foundation for the Amrit Kaal of the next 25 years.   The Education Minister hails the record budgetary allocation to the Ministry of Education of Rs. 104277.72 cr in the FY 2022-23.

Higher Education -Digital University

 The budgetary allocation witnessed a jump of 11.86% which is 11053.41 cr from FY 2021-22,.There has been an overall increase of Rs. 2477.7cr (6.46%) in the Budget Allocation of Department of Higher Education in the FY 2022-23 from FY 2021-22.

Highlights of  Higher Education Budget-

  • The Budget has made several direct interventions like announcing the setting up of a Digital University, allowing foreign universities to run courses in GIFT City, launching of DESH-Stack e-portal and aligning Skill Qualification Framework with industry requirements. These interventions will improve and strengthen the education and skilling ecosystems in the country.
  • Digital University and expansion of One Class-One TV Channel programme of PM e-VIDYA from 12 to 200 TV channels.
  • Expansion of one class-one TV channel programme will enable all states to provide quality supplementary education in regional languages for classes 1-12.
  • The Budget 2022 has announced that 750 virtual labs in science and mathematics, and 75 e-labs for skilling with the simulated learning environment, are to be set up in 2022-23.
  • A competitive mechanism to promote the development of quality e-content by the teachers will be created to ensure empowered teachers and curious students.
  • In order to ensure a stimulating learning environment and appropriate resources conducive to learning, the concept of digital teachers in all spoken languages will be developed. Learner facing e-content will be developed in innovative teaching formats such that all content is coherent with all devices, that is, the same content can be made simultaneously available online, on TV and on the radio. The Digital teacher concept will also help in creating a digitally empowered society.
  • Focus on enhancing digital infrastructure in rural areas and the announcement of the Vibrant Villages Programme under which DTH access will be provided to Doordarshan and educational channels for villages in the northern border areas.
  • The announcement for setting up animation, visual effects, gaming, and comics (AVGC) promotion task force to realize the potential of this sector is also a very welcome step.  In addition to promoting the industry, this will also help in experiential learning.AICTE will take the lead to improve syllabi, quality and access to urban planning courses in other institutions.
  • The Budget 2022 has also announced that world-class foreign universities and institutions will be allowed in the GIFT City to offer courses in various subjects like Financial Management, FinTech, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
  • The skilling sector is poised for major transformation, and Budget 2022 will give a fillip to this process by improving the employability of our students. The skill sector is to be reoriented to promote continuous skilling avenues, sustainability, and employability, and the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) will be aligned with dynamic industry needs.