Budget 2008: Highlights on Education

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The General Indian budget 2008 has been presented today by the honorable finance minister Mr. P. Chidambaram. Education has been one of the main issues in the Indian budget 2008. The Union Budget of 2008 has brought about the following beneficial changes in the educational sector of India:

  • Education has been at the center of the social reforms
  • The allocation for the health and educational sectors has gone up by 20%.
  • The budget allocation for the Mid-day Meal Program has been worth ` 8000 crores.
  • Three new IITs would be set up in Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Bihar
  • The Indian budget has provided ` 34,400 crores to the educational sector in India
  • 16 new central universities would be set up
  • The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan has been provided ` 13,100 crore in the budget
  • Now the upper primary classes would be able to get mid-day meals
  • 410 new Vidyalayas would be set up in the villages
  • Three new IIScs would be set up in Trivandrum and Bhopal.
  • There would be Navodiya Vidyalayas in 6000 districts.
  • ` 4,554 crores has been allocated for the secondary education scheme
  • 6000 new model schools would be established.
  • The 22 Sainik schools would receive ` 44 crores
  • There would be scholarships for science and research

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