New Delhi (Aarti Pokhriyal): Education institutes across the country suffered in 2020 academic year. The upcoming Union Budget 2021-2022 predicts tremendous importance in diminishing India's economic crisis and turmoil across social sectors brought on by the novel coronavirus disease pandemic.
After the pandemic and lockdown, the budget estimates, and the projected GDP figures for 2020-21 have no relevance now. We need to wait to see the revised estimates for last year's Union Budget, which will indicate how much was basically spent on education during the 2020-21 fiscal year and what would be there for the sector in 2021-22.
Due to the pandemic, educational institutions were closed and teaching was shifted from traditional classrooms to digital platforms. However, the utilisation proposes that the execution of schemes suffered a lot on the ground. This would right time to constitute the 'gender inclusion fund' and inclusion fund for children from socio-economically deprived groups' as has been recommended in the NEP, 2020.
In order to bring the students back to school, the government must also organize "back-to-school campaigns" to reduce the rate of dropouts. Some students would also require funding, underprivileged students shall be given more learning tools and opportunities to adapt the digital learning methods.
"2020 has changed the fundamentals of learning in India. We are optimistic that the upcoming budget will bring hope to students and teachers in small-town India," says Vamsi Krishna, CEO & Co-founder, Vedantu.