Union Budget 2017: While talking about education sector during the presentation of Budget 2017, the Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Arun Jaitley said that the government proposes to establish a National Testing Agency as an autonomous body to conduct all the entrance examinations like JEE, NEET, etc., for higher education institutions.This would in turn free CBSE, AICTE and other premier institutions from these administrative responsibilities so that they can focus more on academic related issues.
Some more key heighlights of budget 2017-2018 in education sector are:
- Proposal to launch SWAYAM an online education portal, with 350 online courses, is on the way.
- Access to SWAYAM would be widened by linkage with DTH channels, dedicated to education.
- Ideas to launch good quality institutions to provide quality and education, are in line.
- Extra efforts will be put to leverage information technology
- University Grants Commission (UGC) will be reformed to give more autonomy to higher education, colleges and institutions.
- 100 international skill centres will be launched across the country for the youth to seek jobs outside India