Delhi Budget: Manish Sisodia Proposes These Measures To Boost Education


New Delhi: Delhi finance minister Manish Sisodia proposed establishing a virtual model school, a hike in the number of seats in higher education and a teachers’ training university in the Union Territory as he presented the Delhi Budget 2021 here on Tuesday.

Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio, said the idea is to prepare patriots who take responsibility for the country, be good human beings, and become job creators while he was referring to the chief minister’s announcement last week. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had announced a new state education board and the fresh curriculum for classes nursery to VIII on Saturday.

Among the other things the Delhi government has also proposed are 100 new schools of excellence, a Sainik school, and an armed forces preparatory school in the national capital.

“During the pandemic, our teachers and students had to switch to online learning. Our educators, who did not know how to use a smartphone, took help from children and younger teachers to teach online without any formal training. During Covid-19, we learnt to use technology in imparting education and we plan to adopt it for future,” Sisodia was quoted as saying in the assembly by Hindustan Times.

There is also an effort to take the Delhi model of education to people residing in other parts of the country. To make progress on that front, Deputy CM Sisodia suggested setting up a virtual Delhi model school.

“There will be no walls or building but there will be studies, children, teachers, enrolment, and examination. This will be a unique effort and this school may be the first of its kind in the world. We have started work on its design and will try to start by next year. Any child in the country wanting to study under Delhi model of education can make use of this. Anytime learning and anytime testing opportunity will be provided to children across the country,” Sisodia said.

There are proposals to increase around 8,000 seats in the higher education sector in 2021 and a law university. The minister’s proposal for a teachers’ training university is in line with the new National Education Policy (NEP).

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