New Delhi, Feb 01: Presenting the Budget 2018, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday proposed to start Eklavya Model Residential School exclusively for the Schedule Tribe with the population of 50 per cent in every block. Jaitley further said that the government will launch Revitalising Infrastructure and Systems in Education (RISE) by 2022 and will also focus on training the teachers in schools and colleges, and will make use of technology, calling it the “biggest driver” in improving quality of education. Also Read - Maharashtra: 35 Percent Schools Reopen After 8 Months, Only 5 Percent Students Attend

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The government will also set up special Railway University at Vadodara, Gujarat.  Two new Schools of Planning and Architecture and 24 new Medical schools will also be set up. Also Read - Over 150 Students in Haryana Test Positive For COVID, State Govt Orders Closure of Schools | Top Developments

The Union Budget has pegged an outlay of Rs 79,685.95 crore for the education sector for financial year 2017-18, up from Rs 72,394 crore in 2016-17—a 9.9% rise. Of the total outlay, Rs 46,356.25 is for the school sector and the rest for higher education.

However, the words ‘education’ or ‘teacher’ were never quite buzzwords in budget speeches. This changed in 1991-92 when then finance minister Manmohan Singh mentioned education and related words no less than 19 times in his budget speech. The 2001-02 and 2007-08 budgets also saw significant mentions.