Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the Delhi budget in the parliament and has allocated Rs.2,482 crores to the education sector to improve the infrastructure.
The allocation is approximately 14.8 percent of the total plan outlay of Rs.16,700 crore. The budget has earmarked Rs.350 crores for construction of 20 new schools in the capital.
Also, training will be imparted to 20,318 teachers through State Council of Educational Research and Training (i.e., SCERT) to enhance the quality of teaching so that the teachers are able to create better teaching environment in government schools. The government has also decided to bring up special senior secondary schools for girls to encourage girl education in the nation.
An estimated cost of Rs.285 crores is set aside to establish a school of planning, architecture as well as design by Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University in East Delhi. The government has also assured that the process of setting up of the National Institute of Technology Delhi (NIT Delhi) at Narela will be speed up. The overall project has been given 51 acres of land.
Besides, the government has recommended promotion of certain languages such as Sanskrit, Urdu and Punjabi. The Finance Minister said, “Delhi is inhibited by a lot of linguistic communities and has four academies of Urdu, Sindhi, Punjabi and Hindi. It is proposed to take up project based financial support to these academies in the current financial year”.
The budget has also proposed establishment of a skill development centre under PPP mode. Moreover, 37 acres of land has been acquired for the same, wherein approximately 15, 000 students will be trained every year based on the industrial needs.