Like last year, the Delhi government continues to lay emphasis on the capital’s education infrastructure.
The budget presented on Monday has proposed an outlay of Rs 1,122 crore for the education sector.
While eight new school buildings and 1,000 classrooms have been constructed by the Education Department in this financial year, the government will build 17 new school buildings in 2010-11.
The budget also mentions the government has already started five new schools, while four schools have been upgraded and another 13 are to be upgraded. The government has also started pre-primary classes in all Sarvodaya Vidyalayas.
The government has decided to increase subsidy on school uniforms from the next academic session. Students of Class 6 to Class 8 of schools under Delhi government and other government-aided schools will now receive a subsidy of Rs 700, up from Rs 500 earlier.
The students of Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) schools will receive a subsidy of Rs 500 which hovered between Rs 125 and Rs 200 earlier.
In aided schools, the benefit of uniform and textbooks subsidy that was only available to girl students has been extended to boy students from the new academic session.
The scholarship for minority students has been hiked by Rs 50. To increase the intake of technical and higher education institutions affliliated with Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha (GGSIP) University, 16 institutions with a capacity of 2,220 students will offer second shifts in 34 higher or technical education courses.
The institutions will deposit 25 per cent of the fee of the second session in the Delhi Higher Education Aid Trust. The government has also released Rs 1 crore as its contribution to the trust. Students from financially weaker sections will be provided scholarships by this trust. The budget also mentions the upgradation of Delhi College of Engineering to Delhi Technical University and the expansion of DTU by 410 additional seats.
GGSIP University, located at Kashmere Gate, will start functioning from a new campus at Dwarka and Ambedkar University will start functioning from the Kashmere Gate campus.