Released: June 30, 2020 12:27:11 am
With the Covid-19 break out exposing a digital divide in training, the HRD Ministry has forecasted an expenditure of Rs 60,000 crore over five yrs to provide digital devices to 4 crore students in higher education.
The HRD Ministry made this particular projection in a presentation to the 15th Finance Commission rate Monday. The Commission had called the meeting to discuss training “in the time of Covid-19”.
The section of higher education has proposed to offer devices such as laptop and capsule computers, mobile phones and television sets in order to almost 40% of the students signed up for colleges and universities by 2025-26.
Currently, there are about 3.75 crore students enrolled in higher education institutions. Within the first year, that is 2021-22, this plans to cover 1.5 crore students, followed by 55 lakh within 2022-23, 61 lakh in 2023-24, 67 lakh in 2024-25 plus 73 lakh in 2025-26. The particular ministry has assumed an average price of Rs 15,000 for each electronic device.
Of the Rs 60,000 crore, the partnership government’s share is pegged on Rs 36,473 crore more than five years. The remaining is suggested to be borne by the state government authorities, according to the ministry’s presentation.
Given that even after it is deemed secure to return to the classroom, it won’t be a return to what was considered regular, the ministry has also sought money to develop more content for on the internet learning. An additional Rs 2,306 crore has been asked to develop programs for the ministry’s educational channel (SWAYAM Prabha) and MOOCs platform until 2025-26.
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