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How the Education sector responded to Budget 2019-20

The Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Nirmala Sitharaman has presented the first full-year budget of the new government on July 5th 2019. The experts from Indian academic and edu-tech communities have commented that Budget 2019 can revitalize the education sector. The proposals saw mixed responses from the education sector.


Niru Agarwal
Trustee, Greenwood High International School

Schools in the country will be made future-ready with a focus on research, robotics and AI. This technology up gradation will allow Indian schools to leverage the power of digital solutions and prepare students for new age jobs and career. The higher funding would enhance the quality of education in government schools and will help children in their learning endeavor.


Shweta Sastri
Managing Director, Canadian International School, Bengaluru

The enhancement of budget allocation for education is an appreciating move. This increased allocation of fund will ensure better quality government schools that educate majority of children in India. With the aim of the government to make India’s schools future-ready with a deeper focus on research and new age skills such as robotics, AI, IoT etc, not only integration of technology in classrooms is expected to get a considerable boost, but also education will become more accessible for all.


Srini Raghavan
Founder and CEO, EI

As a research-driven EdTech company, we welcome the government’s proposal of setting up National Research Foundation to improve the quality of research across all levels of private and public educational institutes. I believe it can be a game changer. However, there is a need for a higher focus on K 12 education. Unless we fix core issues in learning levels of school children – such as building foundational skills, tracking impact, board exam revamp, teacher training, etc. – initiatives at the higher education level will not yield desired results.


Samir Somaiya
President, Somaiya Vidyavihar

We applaud the FM’s vision to see more Indian Education institutions figure in the top 200 of the world. We also appreciate her focus on having India become a hub for international students. At Somaiya Vidyavihar, we already welcome foreign students, and are dreaming of creating a world class University, that lives up to her expectations.


Amreesh Chandra
Multi-Award-wining, international educationalist

Turning India into an education attraction on the international market will systematically help India tackle the age-old problem of brain-drain. The rising employability of the country, the current ‘invent’ mindset of the start-up culture and the increasingly international appeal as an investment destination have positively affected its position in the education sector. However, India needs to work on its regulations, funding for educational institutions to create an adequate infrastructure for this.

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