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Union Budget 2018 LIVE Updates: ‘Technology Will Be The Biggest Driver In Improving Quality Of Education,’ Says FM Arun Jaitley

Written By Saniya Rao | Mumbai | Published:

Finance minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday unveiled the Union Budget 2018-19. The last full-fledged budget of the Narendra Modi-led government and the first one after GST rollout was highly anticipated with speculations being rife on how the budget will impact an array of sectors with major policy initiatives and support development.  

The Finance Minister kickstarted his address by highlighting that ‘government led by Prime Minister Narendra has successfully implemented a series of fundamental structural reforms.’ He further added that Budget 2018 will focus on agriculture, rural economy, health, infrastructure and senior citizens.

READ: India Union Budget 2018-19 Live: Get Live Updates & Highlights As Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Announces The Budget

Highlights of FM Arun Jaitley's Budget speech on Education sector:

  • "We now propose to treat education holistically without segmentation from pre-Nursery to Class 12"
  • "Government's goal is to assist and provide opportunity to every Indian to realise her full potential; capable of achieving her economic social dreams"
  • "Technology will be the biggest driver in improving quality of education. We propose to increase the digital intensity in education and move gradually from blackboard to digital board"
  • "Scheme for revitalizing school infrastructure, with an allocation of 1 lakh crore rupees over four years. Called RISE - Revitalizing Infrastructure in School Education"
  • "Government's goal is to assist and provide opportunity to every Indian to realise her full potential; capable of achieving her economic social dreams"
  • "Integrated B.Ed programme to be initiated for teachers, to improve quality of teachers"
  • "By 2022, every block with more than 50% ST population and at least 20,000 tribal people will have 'Ekalavya' school at par with Navodaya Vidyalayas"

FM Jaitley, carrying the symbolic cherry-brown briefcase containing the Budget, was seen earlier at the Ministry of Finance (North Block) along with Finance Secretary Dr Hasmukh Adhia, Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian, Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg and others.

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