Chandigarh: The Haryana government on Friday presented a Rs 1.55 lakh crore budget for 2021-22 fiscal. On the educational front, Chief Minister made key announcements to make quality education accessible.
As a part of the National Education Policy, the government plans to upgrade classroom infrastructure through blended learning models to improve learning outcomes.
A sum of Rs 700 crore will be allocated to promote technology-based learning in all government schools which will include the provision of digital tablets, digital classrooms etc.
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To promote inclusivity, free education will be provided to students in government schools coming from all categories from classes 9th to 12th.
A sum of Rs 192 crore will be allocated for ensuring quality education and opportunities to them, as per budget provisions.
Special focus will be given to disadvantaged groups by creating Special Education Zones (SEZs) for targeted groups to improve the enrolment from these groups. A Gender Inclusion Fund (GIF) will be created of Rs 114.52 crore to provide higher financial assistance to girl students in these SEZs, said Khattar.
A package of measures from education, skill development, wage employment, self-employment and job creation will be adopted and tailored to each family to ensure their economic upliftment to reach a minimum economic threshold of Rs 1.80 lakh per annum, he said.