Budget 2020: No mention of IIMs, IISERs for Telangana

Hyderabad: With “education and skills” being considered as one of the three components of “Aspirational India” by the government, however, for Telangana, not much has been granted in the field of education.

While Telangana has been in the list of states which had proposed for IIMs (Indian Institute of Management), the Union budget for the financial year 2020-21 does not mention budget allocations for the management institution. In a response to a Lok Sabha question dated December 2, 2019, the Ministry for Human Resources and Development (MHRD) had mentioned that “proposals have been received from the Chief Minister of Telangana for setting up of an IIM and IISER in the State of Telangana.” However, no mention of IIMs or IISERs for the state feature in the budget.

Telangana had also proposed for Navodaya schools in every district, which has not come up in the budget. National Police University, Forensic Science University to be instituted.

As the Economic Survey of 2019-2020 presented on January 31 pushed for privatisation of education, Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman had allotted Rs. 99,300 crore for the education sector and Rs. 3000 crore for skill development for the year 2020-21. Presenting the budget on February 1, she said that Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) will be enabled for the education sector and a new Education policy will be announced.

The union budget also proposed a National Police University and National Forensic Science University set up exclusively for policing science, forensic science, and cyber-forensics.

Putting a step forward in terms of digital education, it was also announced that a Degree level full-fledged online education program by top-100 institutions in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) will be established. An Ind-SAT has also been proposed for Asian and African countries as a part of Study in India program.

The budget also proposes to attach a medical college to an existing district hospital in PPP (Public-Private-Partnership) mode.

Amritha Mohan

Amritha Mohan is a reporter at the NewsMeter. Shortly after completing her Master's in Communication at the University of Hyderabad, she began teaching courses on media and culture as a guest lecturer at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong. Amritha has previously interned with news organisations such as Greater Kashmir and Newslaundry. A lover of travel and photography, she spends most of her time planning road trips to the North-East. Nothing makes her happier than a green turf and a team to play football with. She primarily reports on education, tech, human-interesting and critical features.

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