Bangalore: Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has announced several programmes and grants in the Budget to provide quality education and development of government schools and colleges.
What’s the plan, how much is the grant?
- Government has announced a grant of ₹ 150 crore for infrastructure development of high schools and undergraduate colleges. A grant of ₹ 50 crore has been announced for the distribution of furniture and learning materials to government schools.
- Rs 50 crore has been allocated for the development of 50 selected schools.
- 4687 high schools have already been provided with laptops and projectors and computer labs have been set up in 2,351 government schools at a cost of ₹ 8 lakhs. The facility will be extended to the rest of the government schools, the budget said.
- It has also been announced that 8 Jnanpith Award recipients are planning a comprehensive development of schools.
- 430 Government First Class College, 87 Government Polytechnic and 14 Government Engineering Colleges have been announced for converting rooms into Smart Classrooms to facilitate digital learning.
- The Department of Social Welfare is planning to set up 50 metric post-dormitory hostels at district centers at a cost of ₹ 50 crore.
- To assist students with visual impairment, the government has set up a digital books bank called ‘Brave Press’ at the Government Braille Press to supply school books.
- Valmiki Ashram School for Scheduled Tribes of Monasteries will be renamed
- Rs 33 crore grant has been announced for renovation and repair of government schools under BBMP.