The NDA government could roll out a programme of setting up “kindergarten to post-graduate (KG to PG)” institutions in educationally-backward districts of the country.
According to sources, the proposal is being discussed within the HRD Ministry and could be announced in the Union Budget to be tabled on February 28.
As per the concept, integrated educational institutions offer education right from the first level — KG — till the end — PG. This enables students in backward areas to complete their education without having to migrate to bigger towns. Jamia Millia Islamia, Visva-Bharati and Banasthali universities are some such existing institutions. Sources said the proposed institutions could follow the Public Private Partnership model on a 50:50 cost sharing basis. The government may also raise the education cess from the current one to two per cent, generating an additional Rs 14,000 crore.