Mumbai: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced on Monday that 15,000 schools across the country would include all components of the National Education Policy (NEP).
Presenting the Union Budget, Sitharaman said, “More than 15,000 schools will be qualitatively strengthened to include all components of the national education policy so that they can emerge as exemplary schools in their areas, other schools Enable them to have the policy to make it ideal.”
She informed that 100 new Sainik Schools will also be set up in partnership with NGOs and private schools of the states.
The Finance Minister also proposed the establishment of a Higher Education Commission of India as an umbrella body with four separate vehicles for standard-setting, accreditation, regulation, and funding.
“Many of our cities have various research institutes, universities and colleges supported by the Government of India. There are around 40 such premier institutes in Hyderabad for example. In 9 such cities, we will create formal umbrella structures so that these institutes are better aligned.
Sitharaman said, “while retaining its autonomy. A glue grant will be set aside for this purpose.” She also proposed to set up a Central University in Leh for accessible higher education in Ladakh.