Union Budget 2017-18 & its effect on Educational Sector

Union Budget 2017-18 and its implication on Educational Sector:

You are well-aware that today on 1st February 2017, Union Budget 2017-17 was presented in Lok Sabha by our Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitely.
At MyTrustedTutor.com we are trying to discuss what the Government has announced for Educational sector
  1. Measuring Learning Outcomes in School: Finance Minister has proposed to introduce a system of measuring Learning outcomes in school. Emphasis will be given to science stream and innovative content according to locality and region will be promoted
  2. Innovative Fund for Secondary Education: Fund will be created to encourage local innovation for universal access, gender parity and quality improvement. Focus will be on 3479 educationally backward blocks.
  3. Reforms in UGC and College Accreditation: In higher education, finance minster proposed to provide greater autonomy and administrative freedom to good quality institution. This will be done through accreditation and ranking of college.
  4. Launching of SWAYAM Platform: Government proposed to provide 350 online courses through SWAYAM Platform. This course will be taught by one of the best faculty. Students and teachers can access high quality learning resources, participate in discussion forum, take test and earn academic grades.
  5. Establishment of National Testing Agency: Government proposed to establish national autonomous body for conducting all entrance test for higher educational institutions. So, in future CBSE and AICTE will not be conducting tests.
  6. Increase in Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra: Government is planning to increase Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra from 60 districts to 60o districts. 100 International Skill centers will also be established. This centers will provide advanced training and foreign language courses.
  7. Establishment of SANKALP & STRIVE : SANKALP an acronym for Skill Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion Program will be established at the cost of Rs 4000 crore for providing market relevant training to 35 Lacs youth in a year. STRIVE an acronym for Skill Strengthening for Industrial Value Enhancement will be launched at the cost of Rs 2200 crore. This will provide market relevance and vocational training course in Industry cluster through ITI (Industrial Training Institute)
  8. Establishment of 2 new AIIMS: All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) will be established in Gujarat and Jharkhand.

All above measures, if implemented will create new Job opportunities for teachers in educational sectors in organized sectors or in freelancing field. Like measuring Learning outcomes, or SWAYAM platform will require teachers to implement. Similarly National Testing Agency, or skill Development program through like SANKALP, STRIVE is going to create employment opportunities for teachers.

Income Tax:

  1. Income Tax reduced from 10% to 5% for Incomes between Rs 2.5 Lacs to Rs 5 Lacs
  2. Surcharge of 10% on Income from Rs 50 Lacs to Rs 1 Crore and Surcharge of 15% in Income above Rs 1 Crore
  3. Long Term Capital Gain reduced from 3 Years to 2 Years

 

Compiled by MyTrustedTutor.com Team

E Pathshala to put Textbooks at Fingertips

Gone are the days when one would have to wait to get the textbooks or make do with the old ones due to short supply.

And parents would wait for the half-yearly or annual exam results to know the progress of their wards. Now, everything is available on mobile application e-pathshala, launched by the ministry of human resource development on Monday with the concept of “learning on the go”.

An app for all stake holders students, teachers and parentsit not only provides all the textbooks of NCERT online which can be downloaded on the smart phone, one can also see recorded video lectures, and parents can check the learning outcomes of the students as well.

Even educators can log in to get access to periodicals and teachers too can access teaching instructions.

E-pathshala, which is available through a especially developed mobile app interface on Android, IOS and windows platforms, is broadly divided into four segments students, teachers, parents and educators. The resources are available in three languages English, Hindi and Urdu.

While agreeing that it is a good concept, principals feel that there are pros and cons for every technical intervention. Ameeta Mohan, principal, Amity International, Pushp Vihar said, “It will motivate students to log online and see the chapters.

It will also be easier for parents, as well as for students who sometimes forget to bring the books to school. And the studious ones will make most of this application. However, the feel of the book cannot be replaced.”

Tania Joshi, principal, The Indian School said, “Technology intervention is very good. But the question is how many parents and students are going to use this?

When all the NCERT textbooks were digitised, my students downloaded them but then they said that the book is not there. The learning outcome based on such applications will not be far reaching right now, but there will be a time when everything will be online.

But now, internet connectivity is not up to the mark and for this to be a success one has to improve the internet connectivity.”

For students, they get to access the e-books, audio/video tutorials and can keep track of the books they accessed, hours spent on a certain subject/ book and even bookmark the chapters studied.

Teachers can download teaching manuals and curricular resources which are listed class and subject wise. Parents too can access the e-resources and the additional feature in this section is the learning outcome.

The final stakeholder, the educators too can log into this application and get access to additional periodicals. Right now tertiary educational periodicals are available for educators.

Courtesy: Times of India

Source can be accessed HERE.