“The increased focus on improving overall quality of education by introducing new policy reforms like encouraging research, innovation, and technology-enabled teaching, depict the Central Government’s commitment towards transformation of Indian higher education and adoption of the best global best practices,” said Dr Ravi Gupta, Founder Publisher CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Elets Technomedia Pvt Ltd.
He referred the Union Budget as welcoming one for the education sector. As the Central Government proposed a range of major changes for India’s education system, Dr Gupta said that the budget laid emphasis on the importance of not only providing literacy but improving the quality of education.
Applauding the initiative of setting up a foundation for research, Dr Gupta said, “The decision to set up a National Research Foundation to fund, coordinate and encourage research in India is a good one with its positive effect in future.”
He said, “The plan of the Government to launch ‘Study in India’ programme is meant to make India an attractive education destination for international students.” While, stating his expectations on Union Budget a day before, the Editor-in-Chief was also of the same view that bringing in foreign students must be encouraged in India.
On Government’s initiative of allocating increased funds for World Class Institutions, Dr Gupta said, “It is highly appreciating that the enhancement of budget allocation i.e. of Rs 400-cr will be a great boost towards establishing World Class Institutions across the country. This increased allocation of fund will ensure better quality government schools that educate majority of children in India.”
“The decision to treat education holistically is also a welcome move and will lend greater synergy in planning and execution of important schemes and programmes,” he further said.
Being the Editor-in-chief of an education magazine that talks about innovations and technological advancements in the education sector, Dr Gupta was happy with the Government’s move of making India’s schools future-ready with new age skills. He said, “We welcome the Union Budget and we are happy that the Government has announced that it will focus on imparting new-age skills in areas like Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Big Data, 3-D Printing, Virtual Reality and Robotics to equip youth to take up high-paying jobs overseas. This will boost not only the economy but also the new players and start-ups in the financial sector.”
Commenting about the budget as a whole, Dr Gupta said, “The Union Budget of 2019-20 is a progressive one aimed to revive the economy and lay down the foundation for improvements in India’s economical condition in coming years. It has ushered in policies that will help in the growth of the overall economy. It would act as a catalyst for higher demands and spur spending across bottom-of-pyramid consumers.”