Even after 69 years of independence, the Education sector still lacks necessary infrastructure and quality teaching standards. The rise in cost of higher education is yet another concern. There is an acute shortage of qualified, trained and motivated faculty across the sector. As of now, there are no plans to regulate private coaching classes.
We spoke to students from different fields to know their expectation from the Budget 2015-16. Here is what they want from Arun Jaitley and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Read: Union Budget 2015: Expectations of Indian women homemakers from the budget)
“Colleges in India suffer from lack of physical infrastructure. To bridge this gap, the budget should give more funds to colleges for labs. Instead of establishing new colleges, the government must improve the infrastructure of the current running colleges. We don’t need new IITs or NITs, we want adequate faculty in those departments,” Nandita Jha pursuing BE in Computer Science said.
Emphasizing on ease in Educational loan, Ananya Sundaray (PG Journalism, Chennai) said, “The budget should give stress on the development of infrastructure with the start of the stalled projects. Budgetary Allocations should be mainly given to the primary and secondary education. The budget should focus on providing affordable education loans to students. This would help students to pursue higher education in prestigious institutions here and abroad. More foreign institutes should be allowed to open in the country as this would boost the education sector.”
Alokendu Patnaik studying B. Tech asked the Government to provide job oriented education. “There is a need to create job opportunities in their respective trades. The budget should also provide more funds facilitating higher education opportunities in rural areas and world class curriculum to avoid brain drain. Broadening the sphere of education, the Government must start new colleges for music, dance, animation and sports.
While some students asked to focus on infrastructure, some also demanded establishment of new colleges. “The Budget must allocate funds for setting up new IIMs and IITs. Inviting private investment, the government can improve the quality of education,” Kunal Mahendra Lohani who is studying Business Management in Finance in Mumbai, said his wishlist.
“The Government quota should be increased in private collages. The Budget should start institutions providing interest free loans for studies. EBC scholarship should be given at the earliest. Other colleges apart from IIT and IIM should be focused in terms of infrastructure and quality of education,” says Abdul Mujeeb who is studying Civil Engineering.
Talking about the fees of graduation courses, Akash Jaiswal studying in Media and PR said, “Fees of graduation courses should be decreased for general category students too. Funds should be allocated for establishing new institutes offering post graduate courses.”
Narendra Modi-government is set to present its first full-fledged Budget 2015-16 on February 28. Lending emphasis on the education sector, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had increased allocation by 11.1% in the Education area and allotted Rs 68,728 crore in the Budget for 2014-15. More or less, students want better faculty and infrastructure. To deliver on students expectations, the Budget will have to invite private investment in the education sector. Let us see if the underlying expectations will be fulfilled or not.