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Educationists appreciate 17% hike in education budget

HT Live Correspondent  Ludhiana, February 28, 2013
First Published: 19:53 IST(28/2/2013) | Last Updated: 19:55 IST(28/2/2013)

Educationists in city have given a mixed response on the education budget. In the budget 2013, UPA has picked job-oriented skills over traditional education as its silver bullet to target youth aspirations in an election year.

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Finance minister P Chidambaram has allocated Rs. 65, 867 crore for education which means a 17% increase in education budget which is a positive step by the government.

Principal Anoop Kumar Passi of Government Senior Secondary School, Isewal, said, "Due to inflation, cost of every facility has increased. In the mid-day meal scheme if the government will increase allocation per student it is a great step. However, in the MDM scheme, we are getting domestic cylinders at the cost of commercial rates, which cost us Rs. 1,260, however the cost of cylinder is Rs. 430. So the government should also do something as it is a big burden on government schools."

PU syndicate and senate member, Harpreet Singh Dua, said, "I think the government must have pegged more as the higher education needs more funds. We need to open more government colleges so that students can study at affordable prices. Nowadays many students drop-out when they reach higher classes and colleges, as they don't afford to study in private colleges. So instead of giving boom to privatization, the government must start providing more grants to the colleges so that they can run the courses at affordable rates."

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