The Delhi budget presented by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has allocated Rs 2,482
crore to the education sector to improve infrastructure.
The allocation is approximately 14.8 per cent of the total plan outlay of Rs 16,700 crore. The
budget has earmarked Rs 350 crore for construction of 20 new schools.
Also, training will be imparted to 20,318 teachers through State Council of Educational
Research and Training (SCERT) to enhance the quality of teaching to be able to create better
teaching environment in government schools. The government has also decided to bring up
senior secondary schools for girls to encourage girl education in the nation.
An estimated cost of Rs 285 crore is set aside to establish a school of planning, architecture as
well as design by Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University in East Delhi. The government
also assured that the process of setting up of the National Institute of Technology Delhi (NIT
Delhi) at Narela will speed up. The overall project has been given 51 acres of land.
Besides, the government has recommended promotion of certain languages such as Sanskrit,
Urdu and Punjabi. The Finance Minister said, "Delhi is inhibited by a lot of linguistic communities
and has four academies of Urdu, Sindhi, Punjabi and Hindi. It is proposed to take up project
based financial support to these academies in the current financial year".
The budget has also proposed establishment of a skill development centre under PPP mode. 37
acres of land has been acquired for the same, wherein approximately 15, 000 students will be
trained every year based on the industrial needs. Source: I.T.