The Gujarat government has allocated Rs 32,719 cr for education in the state’s Budget for 2021-20211. Gujarat deputy chief minister Nitin Patel in the budget presented on Wednesday has emphasized the government’s focus on education in the budget. Patel has allocated Rs32,719 crore for education in the state.
Here are highlights of the budget for the education sector
- Rs1207 crore was allocated to improve facilities in 3,400 schools of the state while Rs1044 crore has been allocated for mid-day meals for students from class 1 to 8.
- Rs567 cr was allocated for Right To Education (RTE) for students who get admitted to private schools.
- Rs205 crore set aside for free ST Bus pass for 11 lakh eligible students.
- Rs200 crore set aside to provide tablets to around 3 lakh students who enter the first year of college.
- Rs80 crore to improve facilities in places like girls hostel, model school and Ashram shalas of the state.
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- Rs72 crore for electrification and drinking water facility in 2000 primary schools of the state.
- Rs65 crore to fund the textbooks of secondary and higher secondary students in the state.
- Rs60 crore in the budget has been provided to provide transportation facilities for government school children whose school is at a distance of over 1 km.
- Old schools will be designated as heritage schools and preserved with a fund of Rs25 crore while Rs20 crore has been assigned for Ph.D. students who are researching in various fields.
- Rs20 crore in the budget has been allocated for 14 lakh students keen on beginning their start-ups while still studying.
- Rs20 crore has been allocated to help government school students of class 11 and 12 get coaching for IIT and medical entrance exams through distance learning and other facilities
- To encourage more students to take up Sanskrit and to create better Sanskrit teachers, Rs10 crore has been allocated in the budget for 37 Sanskrit schools in the state.
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