Education budget 2017

Gayathri | Monday, February 6, 2017 10:42 AM IST

The budget for the year 2017 was anounced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday . Apart from bringing the National Testing Agency which will organise entrance examinations (like JEE, NEET and NET) under one roof, the Budget announced colleges will be given autonomous status based on accreditation and ranking. They have announced to give autonomy to the colleges on the basis of ranking.The government has introduced nation ranking framework last year only. 

“CBSE would now be relieved from the burden of conducting examinations and can henceforth focus on academics better,” says Beas Dev Ralhan, CEO and Co-founder, Next Education India Pvt Ltd, “Besides, this step would also free students from the burden of taking different entrance examinations.”

He recalls that the hurried implementation of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) last year had left students confused over whether to follow the CBSE syllabus or not. Ralhan believes this would dispel all such confusions over syllabus in future.

The 2017 Budget also emphasised on science education in schools by bringing forth ICT-enabled education. Experts say this would boost the learning process in schools. “Not all of India’s millions are required to become engineers, doctors or college professors,” says Prateek Bhargava, CEO and Founder of Mindler. “When you’re looking at employment for a working population of 860 million by 2020, radical approaches are required.” There is a significant gap in the delivery of education, infrastructure, technology and latest methods of learning.