This is the ninth time in a row wherein the Tamil Nadu government will be seen assigning the maximum sum of its budget for the education sector. With about Rs. 28,757cr in its pocket the department is now experiencing a rise of 5.7% in monetary allowance as compared to last year. Also, the government is being pushed to utilize its pending amount of 3200cr allocated by the center towards education this year.
This steady increase can be characterized to two chief features – firstly with the Ministry of Human Resource Development still not releasing the overdue amount of Rs. 3200cr under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyaan, both of which aim at the growth of primary and secondary level education.
As per reports, starting this year, these two schemes would be incorporated to mold Samagra Shiksha Abhiyaan for which Rs. 2791cr have been allocated in the budget. Beneath this scheme, government run schools with less than 15 students would become ineligible to collect their yearly grant to build up their infrastructure. However, to balance this, the state has sought assistance from NABARD to provide the required facilities like classrooms, labs, toilets and other amenities.
In addition to this, the center is yet to discharge Rs.985cr in relation to post – matric scholarship scheme. The plans of this scheme were amended last year shift a considerable monetary responsibility to the states that was earlier looked after by the center. The expenditure in this scheme has also increased from Rs. 353cr to Rs. 1526cr.
An additional motive behind the increase lies in the distribution of free laptops for class IX and X students in state – funded schools which was earlier provided to Class XI and XII students. Along with this, the government aided colleges and universities are gearing up for refurbishments with Rs. 482cr being allocated for the same, out of which Rs. 100cr has been handed over to Anna University.
Along with this a new government Arts and Science college has also been recommended to be set up at Rameswaram being named after the late president of India Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.