In the Assam budget, BJP led government gave the special focus on education sector. According to the government, one-third of the budget resource will be allocated to education, agriculture, and healthcare sector.
On Tuesday, Himanta Biswa Sarma, State Finance Minister, announced the Assam budget with new openings of colleges and institutes. The government announced the opening of three new medical colleges at Nagaon, Dhubri, and Lakhimpur. Also, the All India Institute of Ayurveda will be set up at Raha.
Emphasizing on technical education, Sarma announced to set up three universities and 21 new polytechnic colleges. Three engineering college would likely to be functioning in this fiscal year at Karimganj, Golaghat, and Dhemaji, he added. Also, he announced to remove the barrier between genders and proposed to convert gender specific schools to co-educational. And, he said free textbooks would be provided to class IX and X students in government schools from the next academic year.
To raise the standards of primary education in the state, Finance Minister proposed to open eight district institutes for teacher education and 17,000 TET teachers would likely to be appointed by April 2017.
With newly formed government, BJP announced its first budget of Rs 78,253.36 crores with an overall deficit of over Rs 2880 crores. While there is a condition of inflation in the country but the government promised several things would get cheaper like kerosene stoves, packaged drinking water, cinema tickets, LED bulbs, and tubes, etc.
Besides education, there are other areas which had been the part of the budget like water supply, sanitation, housing and urban development, transport, social welfare and nutrition, irrigation and flood control, etc.