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Delhi: Excel sheet for education with a 24% share in the pie
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NEW DELHI: Education continues to be a priority for Delhi government as evidenced by the allocation of 24% of the state budget to it. Alongside this big allocation, there was the announcement on Tuesday of new educational institutions: a virtual model school, law university, 100 schools of specialised excellence, a sainik school and a Delhi Armed Forces Preparatory Academy.

These initiatives add to the recently announced plan for the Delhi School Education Board. “Through the new education board, the government wants to nurture children who are patriotic and are prepared to uphold the responsibility of the country in every domain in the future,” Sisodia said in his budget speech on Tuesday. He said there would be 20-25 government schools under the new board’s ambit initially. “We believe all government and private schools will want to come under its aegis of their own accord in the next 4-5 years,” Sisodia added.

The minister also made a pitch for amending the Delhi School Education Act, 1973, and Delhi University Act, 1922. “These laws are not aligned to the ethos of the new education policy. We have requested the central government to revise the provisions of the Delhi University Act and have started working on the Delhi School Education Act,” Sisodia said.

As for the Deshbhakti curriculum, Sisodia said, “The task of preparing a syllabus for classes nursery to VIII is in the final stages. I am happy to have announced the very same fact in the last budget of the Delhi government, before the new education policy was even introduced and we started bringing Early Childhood Education into mainstream education. The new syllabus will focus on personality development of the student from the primary level.”

Ameeta Wattal, principal of Springdales School, Pusa Road, and member of the expert committee on the new curriculum, elaborated, “It will have national and international flavours and will be a mix of the local and glocal with international good practices based on knowledge, skills and emphasis on indigenous practices.”

Building on the adoption of technology forced by the pandemic, Sisodia introduced the Virtual Delhi Model School. “This school will not have four walls or a building, but there would be regular teaching-learning, examinations and assessments,” he said. “It will be my endeavour to have the school functional by the next session. Any child living anywhere in India who wants to benefit from the Delhi education model can be a student,” he declared.

The government plans to establish 100 schools of specialised excellence, where the focus will be on body language and personality development. Also taking shape are the Sports University, New Delhi Law University and Teachers University are taking shape

While highlighting that since 2015, Delhi has seen a 36.4 % rise in higher education seats and 66.4% in technical education, Sisodia said, “A lot still remains to be accomplished.”Since AAP came to power, the education allocation has been around 25% of the total outlay. It was around 13% in 2013-14.

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