Updated: July 19, 2014 2:00:25 am
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley allocated Rs 2,482 crore for the education sector in the Delhi Budget, which is approximately 14.8 per cent of the plan outlay of Rs 16,700 crore. The government announced a new School of Planning, Architecture and Design at a cost of Rs 285 crore in East Delhi to come under Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University.
A sum of Rs 350 crore was earmarked for the construction of 20 new schools.
“The existing education infrastructure in the capital requires additional support. Enrolment in government schools is increasing approximately at the rate of 1 lakh every year and Delhi needs around 500 new schools, under Right to Education norms. To enhance the quality of teaching, Delhi government will focus on training of teachers in course content, enhancing teaching skills and creating better teaching environment in government schools. Training will be imparted to 20,318 teachers through State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT),” he said.
A Skill Development Centre is proposed to be set up under PPP mode for which 37 acres of land has been acquired. The centre would train approximately 15,000 students per year based, Jaitley said.
The government also pitched the promotion of languages such as Urdu, Punjabi and Sanskirit. Senior secondary schools exclusively for girls would be opened and special emphasis would be given on improving sanitary conditions in government schools.
“Delhi is inhabited 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 for these academies in the current financial year,” he said. The finance minister also said the construction of National Institute of Technology in Narela, for which 51 acres has been acquired, will be expedited.
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