Union Budget 2018: Here’s what the experts have to say

Education Budget 2018

he Union budget was presented today by the Finance minister, Arun Jaitley for the year 2018-2019.

The main focus of the budget for the education sector was to have digital board schools by 2022 and improving educational infrastructure in the country.



Congratulating the government on Union budget, we appreciate the focus towards improving the quality of education and intensifying digital India. Aiming from the blackboard to digital board schools by 2022 will advance teaching and learning methodology for both teachers and students. We believe that the announcement of Rs 1 lakh crore to revitalise and upgrade education system will be a game changer towards increasing the digital penetration in education which will shift the country from a manufacturing base to a research base.

– Dr Prashant Bhalla, President Manav Rachna Educational Institutions

This is a balanced budget as far as education is concerned. While on the one hand, the government has rightly focused on improving educational infrastructure in the country, there is also a clear intent to strengthen capacity building through improvement in teacher training. The decision to treat education holistically without any segmentation is a welcome move and will lend greater synergy in planning and execution of important schemes and programmes.

– Ratnesh Jha, Managing Director, Cambridge University Press, South Asia

He further said, “This is also expected to help smoothen the process of mapping learning outcomes with curriculum across all levels. It is also heartening to see a greater emphasis on the all-important area of teacher training which will help in achieving the target of training all teachers by 2019. With the focus on increasing digital intensity in education, the budget is quite futuristic as it looks to address the needs of today’s India emerging as a powerful knowledge economy.”

To rejuvenate the infrastructure of educational institutions, the FM announced many initiatives. One of the major initiative called The Revitalizing of Infrastructure and Systems in Education”(RISE) by 2022 with a total investment of 1 lakh crore in the next four years is to be lauded as it definitely portrays the importance and prioritization of education in this country.

– Founding Vice-Chancellor, Professor C Raj Kumar, O.P. Jindal University

“Similarly, with an emphasis being laid on digitisation sector, the benefits will reach the needy students. It is heartening to see the concerted efforts being taken to introduce new autonomous schools of planning and architecture. We also appreciate the government’s concern towards Institute of Eminence,” he further included.

I would like to congratulate Jaitley and P.M Modi’s government to present a budget that has a strong focus on emerging technologies and the education sector. Machine learning, artificial intelligence, robotics, big data, quantum communication etc. are going to drive future jobs and hence a national programme catering to these disciplines is a welcome initiative.

– Utpal Ghosh, CEO & President, UPES – Dehradun

“District-wise strategy to improve the quality of education and achieving standard learning outcomes based on the results of the National Achievement Survey, for me, is a path-breaking announcement, made for the first time. Usually, one gets to read about such initiatives in education policies and not in budget speeches. New medical colleges, planning and architecture schools and a special railway university are steps in the right direction. Overall, I am confident that initiatives announced for the education sector will prove immensely beneficial for our school and college going students,” Ghosh added.

We are glad that the 2018 Budget has a forward looking vision with benefits for those sectors that much need them. As announced, specifically for the education sector, having an integrated B.Ed. program, with teacher-training as its main focus, will boost the workforce towards being more aware and skilled.”I am glad to hear that Rs one lakh crore are to be invested over the next four years into a new drive to boost Research and Development. With cutting edge technology, we feel that digital India will increase the digital intensity of the education sector. It is also a pleasure to hear about the move to digital smart boards, because it is a sign of how extensively education has been considered while forming the budget.”, she concluded.