Keeping its focus sharply on the social sector, the Aam Aadmi Party government proposed to spend one-fourth of Delhi’s 48,000 crore budget on education over the next year, promising 10,000 more classrooms, 400 libraries, better food in schools and tablets for teachers to track the performance of their students.
In the third budget that comes just ahead of municipal corporation elections in the National Capital, Education gets 24% of the total outlay with allocation increased from Rs 10,690 crore to Rs 11,300 crore. This means that outlay for education has been increased by 106% in the year 2015 and thus the biggest share of the budget has been given to the education sector in the year 2016. The budget is nothing sort of the good work AAP govt has been doing to improve Delhi’s education sphere.
For building the libraries of primary classes, the government has allocated Rs. 17 crore. Also, 400 new libraries for senior classes will be opened for which Rs 100 crore has been allocated. Rs. 55 crore has been allocated to distribute bananas and boiled eggs along with the midday meals served to students till class VIII in all government schools. From the academic session 2017-18, for the first time female students of classes 9-12 will also be served mid-day meals.
Likewise last year when 8000 classrooms were built, the government this year has a plan to add 10,000 new classrooms. For the schools operating in two shifts, there will be two computer labs for which Rs 182 crore have been allotted. The government will also start Punjabi, Urdu clubs in all schools along with art and music classes.
Along with tablets to keep track of the students, the staff rooms will also be renovated. And also the government school teachers will have their own work stations, lockers, working space. In all the 1024 government run schools based in Delhi, dance teachers will also be appointed. Government has allocated Rs 4 crore to set up 10 early childhood learning centres on a pilot basis. The government is also planning to start nursery classes in 156 government schools.
For Higher Education, Ambedkar University, Delhi will get four extension campuses by 2022. At present, the university has two campuses at Kashmere Gate in north Delhi and Karampura in west Delhi. Government will also open Delhi’s first pharmaceutical university in the city.