Budget Reactions on Education/skills sector”
According to the Association of Publishers in India (API), it is commendable that the government has given a significant focus on education and digitalization. We whole-heartedly welcome the Government’s plan and focus to move classroom black boards to digital boards. This will help immensely in standardizing and ensuring teaching content and quality and increasing outreach particularly in rural areas where there are impediments such as teacher availability and teaching materials.
Accolades to the Government for proposing ‘Eklavya’ school, at par with Navodaya Vidayalas, for every block with more than 50% ST population and at least 20,000 tribal people by 2022 in a bid to make education accessible to all.
In a laudable move, Arun Jaitley also allocated Rs. 1 trillion to a new scheme called Revitalizing Infrastructure in School Education or RISE to integrate its school education sector—from pre-school to class 12—implying merger of several school schemes in the near future to revitalize the infrastructure of schools in the country.
The new Prime Minister’s scheme to identify bright students pursuing B.Tech in premier engineering institutes, and providing them higher-education opportunities in IITs and IISc Bangalore will give the desired impetus to research and development in India. Plans to set up two new full-fledged schools of planning and architecture, 18 new schools of planning and architecture in the IITs and NITs and investment of Rs. 1 lakh crore in four years for higher educational premier institutes are a shot in the arm for the sector and will further the Government’s agenda of education for all.
“We also welcome the emphasis to be given to training of untrained teachers and allocation of 1 lakh crore for education research.Its also very commendable about the plans if coming up with 24 new Medical colleges. Also, praise-worthy is the plan of at least one medical college every three constituencies. However, government further increased the education cess by 1 percent which will be a blow to the middle class,” API said adding that it is encouraging to note the focus on new generation technologies like robotics, artificial intelligence, analytics etc. as far as skill building initiatives go with . The FM’s stance on embracing technology is progressive with Amitabh Kant-led Niti Aayog to establish a National Programme to direct efforts in the area of Artificial Intelligence towards national development focused on research & development and its applications. It remains to be seen how partners from the private sector eco-system with knowledge & expertise in these areas get involved in this initiative.
It was heartening to hear the honourable FM state that while ‘the Government managed to get children to school but the quality of education is a concern’ – the focus on quality and learning outcomes is key to the longer term success of any education programme.
The allocation of 1 lac crore for the development of education infrastructure responds well to the needs of India’s schools and colleges that need upgradation in facilities. This allocation ties in well with the intent to augment digitization and the ‘shift from blackboard to digital board’, which is consistent with the Digital India mission, and will resonate with India’s young demographic.
Integrated Education is a worthy mention in the budget and we hope that it leads to a teaching-learning process that combines print, digital, assessments and teacher training. The focus on teacher training continues from last year’s budget announcement and it exemplifies the renewed focus on this noble profession given that teachers are the principle pivot in the learning eco-system.
Sivaramakrishnan V, Managing Director – Oxford University Press India
The overall measures have a strong impetus towards social inclusion and economic growth. The budgetary allocation of 1 lakh crore towards higher education and research is a welcome move. In terms of development of cities, the budget gives an added fillip to the smart cities mission and urbanisation along with with the proposal to develop 10 prominent tourist destinations as iconic tourism destinations.
This is where the proposal to open 18 new schools of planning and architecture in order to to generate skilled designers and architects will create the necessary impetus and awareness towards the importance of design in every aspect of education be it urban planning, architecture, management or engineering. The need for sustainable environment friendly urbanisation and preservation of the fabric of an old city syncing it with modern growth can be addressed aggressively with the right education and awareness. The Smart Cities programme is progressing well and with continued budgetary support, these cities will greatly benefit from a new ecosystem of infrastructure leveraged with modern digital solutions and new age technologies like Artificial Intelligence, digital manufacturing, big data intelligence, quantum communications and art of the things.
Prof. (Dr.) Sanjay Gupta, Director General, World University of Design (WUD)
It is heartening to see that in the Union Budget 2018, the Finance Minister has allocated Rs. 1 lakh crore till 2022 to push research in technical and medical education under the Revitalizing Infrastructure and Systems in Education (RISE). In addition, the initiative to provide for an integrated B.Ed. program is a much-needed step towards training of our teachers. While technology is recognized to be the biggest driver in the education sector, technology alone will not enable, since it functions in our social system, and there are serious social challenges that the country still needs to address. I was also looking for specific incentives to enhance private and philanthropic participation and industry-academia collaboration in the sector, given that India spends only 0.7% of its GDP on research. A strong governmental push in the form of an innovation policy will help. The ‘PM research fellows’ need not be restricted to only elite public-funded institutions — one needs to create an entire ecosystem of excellence in the country, and not just a few islands of merit.
Dr. Rupamanjari Ghosh, Vice-Chancellor, Shiv Nadar University
It is a progressive budget with the right emphasis on training of teachers, use of technology and funding for research.
Among the positive steps for the education sector, Revitalising Infrastructure and Systems in Education (RISE) by 2022 with a total investment of Rs 1,00,000 crore in next four years stood out. The fact that the Higher Education Financing Agency (HEFA) would be suitably structured for funding this initiative is a much appreciated provision.
Increase in digital intensity in education and envisaging move from ‘‘black board’’ to ‘‘digital board’’; using technology to upgrade the skills of teachers through a digital portal “Diksha”; national program on artificial intelligence under the aegis of Niti Aayog; mission on Cyber Physical Systems and a test bed for 5G technology at IIT Chennai were among the other encouraging initiatives.
Vijay Thadani, VC and MD, NIIT Ltd
I would like to congratulate Mr. Jaitley and P.M Modi’s Govt. to present a budget that has a strong focus on emerging technologies and the education sector. Machine learning, artificial intelligence, robotics, big data, quantum communication etc. are going to drive future jobs and hence a national programme catering to these disciplines is a welcome initiative. District Wise Strategy to improve the quality of education and achieving standard learning outcomes based on the results of the National Achievement Survey, for me, is a path-breaking announcement, made for the first time. Usually, one gets to read about such initiatives in education policies and not in budget speeches. New medical colleges, planning & architecture schools and a special railway university are steps in the right direction. Overall, I am confident that initiatives announced for the education sector will prove immensely beneficial for our school and college going students.
Utpal Ghosh, CEO & President, UPES – Dehradun
With an overall increase of 20.31% in the 2018 budget for Education, the sentiment towards the increase of quality of education by training the teachers and moving from the blackboard to the digital board, i.e towards a digitised environment in education is a good call by the government. Treating education holistically up to Grade 12 is a brilliant decision and will ensure that the future generations receive additional guaranteed schooling, that will do justice to their Right to Education.
With this pace of investment and concentration towards the education sector, I foresee India moving closer every day, towards a higher standard of literacy rate throughout the nation.
Husien Dohadwalla – Academic Director of International Programs – Middle, Secondary & High School
The government has presented a well-balanced budget with a focus on addressing the fundamental needs of education in India. The budget rightly focuses on movement from traditional blackboards to digital boards which offer enhanced learning experience to students. We are confident that the promotion of digital platforms and use of technology will increase reach and ensure superior outcomes. The government understands the need for quality of education and setting up of higher education finance agency, integrated B.Ed programme and revitalizing infrastructure and systems’ in Education by 2022 with Rs 1 Lakh crore in next 4 years, steps in right direction. Furthermore, significant budgetary allocation towards improving education infrastructure in the country augurs well for learners.
Harish Doraiswamy, Vice President – Qualifications, Schools & Vocational, Pearson India
We are very happy to see the continued focus on research and development in the education sector. The fact that Rs. 1 lakh crore has been earmarked for revitalising innovation under RISE over the next 4 years augurs well for the future. We at SRM are committed to creating an innovation and R&D focused institution and we believe that we are completely in sync with the aspirations of the Government in reaping rich demographic dividend and this is possible through high quality education. The focus on creating a corpus of the best brains of the country and getting top 1,000 B.Tech students from the top institutions to work for research is a healthy way forward and we are grateful to the FM for his programmes in the segment
Dr. P. Sathyanarayanan, President of SRM University
Congratulating the government on Union budget, we appreciate the focus towards improving the quality of education and intensifying Digital India. Aiming from blackboard to digital board schools by 2022, will advance teaching and learning methodology for both teachers and students. We believe that the announcement of Rs 1 lakh crore to revitalise and upgrade education system will be a game changer towards increasing the digital penetration in education which will shift the country from a manufacturing base to a research base. .
Dr. Prashant Bhalla, President Manav Rachna Educational Institutions
The Union Budget 2018–19 looks promising for the education sector. The government has earmarked Rs 1 lakh crore for a new scheme called Revitalising Infrastructure in School Education (RISE). Finance Minister Mr Arun Jaitley prior to the budget session had promised to address the infrastructure needs, and the K-12 sector was expecting a handsome amount for developing digital infrastructure in schools. He has certainly fulfilled his promise and met the expectations.
The government has also realised the importance of improving the quality of teachers to enhance the quality of education in our country. Thus, under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, lakhs of untrained teachers will receive training to use technology in classrooms, and this will eventually pave the way for a transition from blackboards to digital boards in schools.
The budget also addresses the education needs of students belonging to Scheduled Tribes. It has proposed the establishment of Ekalavya Schools in blocks with Scheduled Tribe population, with skill development being one of the focus areas.
Beas Dev Ralhan, CEO and Co-founder, Next Education
I welcome the government initiative to move from “Black Board” to “Digital Board”. Digital education is the only way to revamp our education system to provide quality education to every child in a vast country like ours. It’s a high time to leverage digital infrastructure to connecting students in Rural Areas with Teachers/Mentors from Urban Areas. Aadhar integrated Digital Education lifecycle Management (DELCM) gets a boost with the govt budget announcement for schools. Looking forward for IoT based solutions enabling the “Black Board” to “Digital Board” transformation.
Naresh Challagulla Founder/CEO of StudyMonitor (Subsidiary of YITSOL group)
The government acknowledging the requirement to train people on new technologies like Blockchain, Robotics and Artificial intelligence was very encouraging. This will encourage professionals to develop specific skillsets leading to a better up-skilled workforce. With this positive step for the sector, we expect a better and future ready India.
Nikhil Barshikar, MD, Imarticus Learning
The Government is coming good on its promise of putting education outcomes and skilling upfront. The allocation of Rs 1 lakh crore for improvement of education infra is one of the highlights of this budget. A medical college for every three parliamentary constituencies is a path breaking initiative and one that will give a huge boost to medicine as a career. FM’s plan to identify 1,000 B.Tech students each year and providing means to pursue PHDs in IITs and IISCs is again a great initiative to drive focus towards research and is in sync with the massive investment of almost 1 lakh crores towards education research. FM’s focus on teacher training and digital education is welcomed and was much needed! Agriculture, Research and Food related career domains have also got a huge boost with the massive fund allocation to these sectors, which shall create large number of employment opportunities in these domains. However, channelizing the right talent from school level to these career domains should be the focus area. While teacher training is explicitly mentioned in the FM’s speech, training on leveraging technology in education across the board has not been defined and this will be critical to see the impact of digitisation of education.
Prateek Bhargava, CEO, Mindler
The 2018 Budget looks very promising for the education sector. The Government’s plan to leverage technology in the education sector is a big leap forward. Their allocation of Rs. 1 lakh crore for research in the field of education is also a much-needed step.
Rohit Mann, Director, Lancers International School, Gurgaon
The Union Budget (2018), which has showcased government’s plan to transform India’s educational scenario by leveraging technology in education is commendable. The 1-day registration of a company will surely provide a boost to startups. The reskilling of teachers through the portal Diksha will not only improve the quality of education but will be a gamechanger for the entire education ecosystem.
Rohit Manglik,CEO, EduGorilla(an edtech startup)
This budget is propelling India towards becoming a digital economy with a clear focus on education and infrastructure development. It is great to see the Government’s continued efforts towards Digital India by increasing investment for digital initiatives and enabling the NITI Aayog to direct efforts towards Artificial Intelligence. Improving education is an admirable goal set by the government and technology will be the greatest enabler for enhancing the quality of education in our country. The government’s initiative to identify B.Tech students and provide higher education opportunities in premier institutions will increase the number of unique ideas originating from India. We look forward to partnering with the public and private sector, to create a technology driven ecosystem which fosters local innovation and research.
Mahesh Nayak, Chief Operating Officer, SAP Labs India
Capitalising on digital influence for quality education is a welcome move. We sincerely believe that technology has a very important role in education and we are glad that the government aligns with it. Education is critical to the future of India and any relaxations in taxes on education and technology would have been an added benefit. Recognising the importance of teacher training is another significant step to boost quality education in the country. We eagerly await the details and plan of action from the government following the announcements.
Zishaan Hayath, CEO & Co-founder, Toppr.com
I welcome the government’s focus to move classroom blackboards towards digital boards. I also welcome the emphasis to be given to the training of untrained teachers and allocation of 1 lakh crore for education research. One great highlight of this budget was its focus on enhancing the quality of education. For more than a decade now there has been a lot of public debate surrounding the quality of school education and how to maximise learning outcomes rather than focus disproportionately on inputs such as school infrastructure, etc. I support the recommendation of treating education holistically without any segmentation and division of class from primary and above. And we firmly encourage the digital intensity and a mission to move from blackboard to digital board. And mentioning to focus on the integrated B.Ed program soon will surely help to shape our future minds.
Pradeep Jolly, Founder of Early Learning Village School and Wonderland School
We are glad that the 2018 Budget has a forward looking vision with benefits for those sectors that much need them. As announced, specifically for the education sector, having an integrated B.Ed. program, with teacher-training as its main focus, will boost the workforce towards being more aware and skilled. I am glad to hear that Rs. 1 lakh crore are to be invested over the next 4 years into a new drive to boost Research and Development. With cutting edge technology, we feel that DIGITAL INDIA will increase the digital intensity of the education sector. It is also a pleasure to hear about the move to digital smart boards, because it is a sign of how extensively education has been considered while forming the budget.
Vandana Arora, Principal of Nahar International School, Mumbai
The budget announcements made by Shri Arun Jaitley has little to offer for higher education in the country. Whereas the finance minister offered several initiatives for the school education which involves transforming classrooms to digital classrooms, setting up of the Eklavya Schools for the tribal population and enhancing the scope of teacher’s training to bring in quality into the school education, he had nothing special to offer to the higher education sector.
Setting up of the long pending Railway University and the new Schools of Planning and Architecture seems like a lopsided approach to a select sector within higher education. The finance minister has made no provisions for the creation of infrastructure in the higher education space that could have led to higher GER (Gross Enrolment Ratio). The Finance Minister spoke about technology being the biggest driver for enhancing the quality of education in the country. However, we could not find any incentive to the Ed-Tech companies working in this space to help institutions implement and use technology for bringing in Total Quality Education. We are also grossly disappointed by Higher Education Services not being exempted out of the provisions of GST that could have provided a fillip to the sector.
Shantanu Rooj, Founder & CEO, Schoolguru
From an education perspective, the Union Budget proposals for 2018 – 2019 look progressive. One conspicuous highlight is its focus on enhancing the quality of education. For more than a decade now there has been a lot of debate surrounding the quality of education and how to maximise learning outcomes in India. The Hon’ble Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley’s focus on using digital technology for enhancing the scope of the sector is bound to be a game changer in the country’s education system. The start of an integrated B. Ed. program with teachers training as the main focus will ensure better educationists, which in turn will ensure better quality students and a more responsible education structure. The proposal to invest Rs. 1 lakh crore over the next 4 years for a new drive to boost Research and Development is laudable and will go a long way in bringing in more professional education modules. The biggest driver in the sector will undoubtedly be the thrust on moving from ‘black boards to digital boards’ with increased emphasis on technology and digital intensification.”
Dr R Theyvendran, MDIS Secretary-General
The highlights of the budget are that the outlay Union Budget 2017-18 has been raised from Rs72,394 crore in 2016-17 with a 9.9% rise. Of the total outlay, Rs46,356.25 is for the school sector and the rest for higher education. The main budget highlight is the focus on vocational training for youth for the tourism and textile sector. Another scheme which is new is the Access to SWAYAM education portal online, which will be introduced with 350 online courses All these initiatives are an extension of the last budget which showed its intent on providing skill-based education
At the Higher education level the significant statement is to provide greater administrative and academic autonomy to good quality institutions These will be identified based on accreditation and ranking provided by NIRF framework This is also pertinent in the context of the much talked about Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) Bill that promises to grant autonomy
Prof. D K Batra, Marketing, IMI-New Delhi
Government allocation for revitalization of educational infrastructure is highly appreciable. Even though the Govt. has increased the allocation for education sector but it’s still below expectations. There is need to focus on quality of education. The proposal to invest Rs. 1,00,000 in revitalising infrastructure and systems in Education (RISE) by 2022, is a welcome step towards boosting and improving the quality of the education sector. The government has also tried to address the need for improving the quality of education by integrating technology with education. Technology will be used to upgrade the skills of teachers through its digital portal DIKSHA. This budget is geared more towards agriculture and rural sector and has addressed many relevant issues pertaining to this sector. However, in the process many sectors have been left out.
Dr. Shuchi Gautam, (CA, MCom, Ph.D.)- Associate Professor from TIMSR, Mumbai (Thakur Institute of Management Studies and Research)
While there was anticipation about a new employment policy, there was no indication of a formal policy being announced anytime soon. However, it is heartening to hear that there have been 70 lakh formal jobs created in the past year and that the government plans to spur job creation in the country through various incentives and reforms that were announced, such as the EPF contribution. Additionally, the EPF reprieve for women employees will improve the female participation rate in the Indian workforce. It is particularly gratifying to see that the government is also taking steps to tackle the issue of talent gap due to a lack of adequate skilling. Given the thrust on reforming the education system, it is safe to say that we will be seeing a much more equipped potential workforce. In addition to improving employability, the need of the hour is to modernize the Indian hiring industry through a more advanced platform that caters to the evolving requirements of job seekers in the 21st century.
Sashi Kumar, Managing Director, Indeed India
We are delighted to learn that the Union Budget 2018 is focussed on improving the quality of education. It is indeed heartening to note that the Government shall now be treating education holistically, sans any segmentation, from pre-nursery to Class 12. The seriousness of the Government towards any sector can be gauged by the budget allocation for it. We are happy to hear about the RISE scheme (Revitalising Infrastructure and Systems in Education) wherein a budget of Rs 1 lakh crore has been allocated over 4 years. There is a great disparity in terms of education infrastructure and systems in private schools and state-run schools and a scheme like this shall be instrumental in bridging the gap. He emphasized on training 13 lakh teachers under the RTE (Right to Education), as this shall improve the standard of students. We at BCTA welcome this move for we firmly believe that pedagogy should be an ever-evolving phenomenon and we are more than happy that the Government is investing a sizable amount in it.
Sumeet Nath, Secretary & Treasurer, Baptist Church Trust Association (BCTA)
The announcements in the Union Budget 2018 that technology will be the biggest driver in improving quality of education is a welcome one and, we believe, will provide an impetus to edtech players to partner the Government in its endeavor. The allocation of Rs. 1 lakh crore towards revitalization and upgradation of education sector, listing out all the new educational and training institutes that the government aims to introduce and the move to promote learning-based outcomes and research are steps in the right direction to advance the quality of education, and thereby the quality of the manpower.
Ashwin Damera, Executive Director, Emeritus Institute of Management
The Budget announced today has efficiently caught the pulse of the hour to provide quality education through various schemes and reforms to boost the sector in the country. The move to increase digital density and the mission to upgrade blackboard to digital boards is a move in a forward direction to improve quality education for students in digital era.
Most importantly, the announcement of setting-up 24 new medical colleges across the country will open up more seats for medical graduates. Besides, upgrading many existing medical colleges is also an excellent move by the government. The improvement of standards and establishment of new medical institutes will not only help the aspiring medical students with more options, it will also help in increasing the Gross Enrolment Ratio.
Additionally, investment of Rs One lakh crore for over next four years and to Integrate B.Ed. program with a focus on improving teachers’ training for imparting quality education in schools, the implementation of Ekalavya schools by 2022 that will be treated at par with Navodaya Vidyalayas in every block with more than 50% ST population will further help in improving education standards of schools across the country. The government has also announcement to set-up PM Research Fellow Scheme where 1000 best B-tech students will be selected each year from premier institutions and facilitate them for PhD courses in IITs and IISc with a handsome fellowship. This will energise the youth through education, skills and jobs and help in governments move to ‘Transform India’.
With the need to reach out to every household of old, widows, orphaned children, divyaang and deprived as defined by the Socio-Economic Caste Census, the implementation of a comprehensive social security and protection programme and the allocation of 9, 975 crore has been announced for the National Social Assistance. This is a welcome move for building social security for public at large and also help the education programs in rural areas
Aakash Chaudhary, Director Aakash Institute
This is a balanced budget as far as education is concerned. While on the one hand the government has rightly focused on improving educational infrastructure in the country, there is also a clear intent to strengthen capacity building through improvement in teacher training. The decision to treat education holistically without any segmentation is a welcome move and will lend greater synergy in planning and execution of important schemes and programmes. This is also expected to help smoothen the process of mapping learning outcomes with curriculum across all levels. It is also heartening to see a greater emphasis on the all-important area of teacher training which will help in achieving the target of training all teachers by 2019. With focus on increasing digital intensity in education, the budget is quite futuristic as it looks to address the needs of today’s India emerging as a powerful knowledge economy.
Ratnesh Jha, Managing Director, Cambridge University Press, South Asia
Among the steps that I would go some way in giving a fillip to the education sector in India are
- Enhanced stress on digital education
- Amendment to RTE act to facilitate training of 13 lac teachers.
- Starting integrated B.Ed. programme for teachers.
- Setting up Ekalavya schools for scheduled tribes at par with Navodya Vidyalayas
I appreciate the many steps that the finance minister announced, particularly with regard to the scheme to identify 1000 B.Tech students every year and support them in completing PhD degrees from IIT and ISC,while they undertake to teach undergraduate students once a week.
That being stated, I think the steps taken with regard to education are more technocratic than path-breaking, something that I had come to expect from this government. Nevertheless, I am glad that they realize the importance of supporting education as a sector. This is the only way that India can hope to become the leader among nations, which it has long aspired to be. The challenge would lie in implementing these initiatives effectively in order for these to deliver.
Kuldeep Surolia, Director Sorsfort School, Bangalore and Sadvidya proponent
“The Government in the budget has clearly acknowledged the need to improve the quality and scale of education across the country, through a continued digital push. A significant population within India has been deprived of access to quality education and infrastructure in the past and the Government’s introduction of Eklavya schools for tribal children will help bring them into the ambit of the formal education model and empower them to explore a bright future. The Ministry’s announcement on giving formal training to teachers through the recently launched ‘DIKSHA’, will definitely boost the quality of teachers, a key pivot to improve the quality of education. This budget has also addressed the capacity gap within the sector by setting up 24 new Medical colleges at district level for medical students and 20 Planning and Architecture schools. Overall, it is a well thought through budget with the needed focus for the Education sector.”
Venguswamy Ramaswamy, Global Head, TCS iON
- The focus on digital education is a very positive step towards Digital India. Digital education will be one of the biggest drivers of skill development in the country leading to employment opportunities for empowerment of its citizens. The Finance Minister has rightly recognized the most critical aspect, which is taking a step towards technology enabled learning solutions. Industry will welcome the move of shift from blackboard to digital education.
- The launch of Sankalp to skill youth and increase of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras will give major impetus and thrust to the skill development movement in India. The initiative to establish India International Skill Centres to offer advanced training and courses in foreign languages will not only help our skilled manpower to seek job opportunities outside our country but also make these skilling programs aspirational.
- In my opinion, for the most part, the Finance Minister has presented us with a conducive environment by creating policies that would lead to skill development and employment generation. The announcement of creation of 70 lakh job opportunities will contribute positively towards building a robust economy. Job creation will mean getting skilled manpower for those jobs which is a good sign for the skilling industry.
- One of the area which we were looking forward was GST exemption on all skill development programs. But looking at various other announcements supporting the skill development arena , I would like to congratulate the Finance Minister for a very forward looking budget.Sanjay Bahl, CEO and MD, Centum Learning
The Budget 2018 has highlighted technology as a key driver in the education sector. The efforts by the government will give impetus to tech-based educational reforms and further boost digital learning and MOOCs to reach out to more students and thereby provide access to quality education.
A focused step to leverage research in new-age technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data and launch of PM’s Research Fellow Scheme will encourage industry-relevant research. This will aid in preparing students to compete at a global level and also, to face challenges posed by new technology. Leading B-Schools in India have already taken the cue of increasing digitization and have introduced programs based on Business Analytics and Machine Learning.
The Indian government has rightly taken note of refining the quality of education and will look at improvising education infrastructure in the coming years. It is important for stakeholders in higher education to enable students to adapt to innovation taking place in this era of digital transformation in the job eco-system.
Emphasis on initiatives such as Digital India, Start-Up India and Make In India to truly reap the benefits of our dynamic nation. The focus on enhancing the quality of education will usher in the new India that we aspire.
Prof. Dr Uday Salunkhe, Group Director, S.P. Mandali’s Prin. L. N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research (WeSchool)
“It is very encouraging to see the increased focus to further digitize education in India. Technology has just about started making an impact in education. A full-fledged intervention of technology in education will create a level playing field for students across geographies solving core issues like access to good quality content and teachers. The decision to move from blackboards to digital boards will change the way teachers teach and students learn and make learning an immersive and interactive experience. The right use of investment in the Indian education sector will provide an impetus to create an environment where learning is seamless for students irrespective of their learning proficiencies or geographical locations. Additionally, the focus to upgrade teaching skills will also play a vital role in the way young India learns. This will ensure and encourage students to love what they learn. Overall, if the planned investment is done in the right way, it will be a huge boost for the economy ,as it will create a the right set of talented workforce for India. And also, for most Indians, education is still the only way to make it big in life.”
Byju Raveendran, Founder & CEO, BYJU’S
Publication / Article Source: curriculum-magazine.com