Budget allocation for education increases

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The Delhi budget announced an additional INR 238 crore ( INR 809 to 1,405 crore) for education, a development indicative of the Government's intention to improve the educational infrastructure of the national capital of India.

The Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC) is being entrusted with an upgradation project at 198 schools in the next two years backed by a budget of INR 250 crore.

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The budget also increased the uniform subsidy from INR 300 to INR 500 per annum thus allowing children to buy a winter jersey. This will also be extended to students admitted under the freeship quota along with the payment for books. Free braiile books will also be provided for both government and private schools.

Among other measures outlined, the Kasturba Polytechnic at Pitampra will be ugraded to a women's engineering college with specialization in four disciplines. A specialized polytechnic institute will be set up at Dwarka in the coming academic year. The government also plans to establish a Delhi Knowledge Development Foundation to develop and enhance distance learning in technical education.

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