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Union Budget 2017: Key Highlights for Education Sector Impacting Youth

ions. This would enable premier statutory bodies such as CBSE, AICTE etc. to focus more on enhancing academic environment freeing them of unnecessary administrative activities involving testing services.

4. Framework for Measuring Annual Learning Outcomes: As per the Union Budget 2017, a system of measuring annual learning outcomes in schools will be introduced. Emphasis will be given on science education. An innovation fund will also be established for secondary education to foster innovation in quality improvement for imparting education which will also include ICT-enabled learning transformation.

5. Strengthening of UGC: Reforms in UGC will be undertaken to enable greater administrative and academic autonomy to good quality colleges and institutions to promote better quality education. The colleges will be identified based on accreditation and ranking for giving autonomous status. A revised framework in this regard will be put in place for outcome-based accreditation and credit-based programmes.

6. Setting up New AIIMS: Setting up of two new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Jharkhand and Gujarat is also proposed under the Union Budget 2017.

7. More Job Creation in Textile, Tourism and Leather & Footwear Industries: Extensive job creation opportunities to be introduced in textile and tourism sectors. Since Tourism is a big employment generator having multiplier effect on the economy, the Finance Minister has proposed to set-up Five Special Tourism Zones. The Minister also announced the launching of Incredible India 2.0 campaign across the world to boost Tourism. He has further proposed implementation of a Special Scheme for creating employment in leather and footwear industries.

8. Next Phase of STRIVE: With a focus on Skill Development for providing job-oriented vocational education to the youth of the country, the next phase of Skill Strengthening for Industrial Value Enhancement (STRIVE) will be launched in 2017-18 at a cost of Rs. 2,200 crores. STRIVE will essentially focus on improving the efficiency and market relevance of vocational training provided through Industrial Training Institutes (ITI) and apprenticeship programs.

9. Launch of SANKALP: In order to provide market relevant training to 3.5 crore youth of the country, the Budget also proposed to launch the Skill Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion programme (SANKALP) at a cost of Rs. 4,000 crores.

10. India International Skill Centres: 100 India International centres will be launched across the country for the youth to seek jobs outside India. Skill India mission was launched to maximise potential. Will set up 100 India International centres across the country.

The government needs to spend more on world-class infrastructure to encourage industrial engagement with higher institutes and promote R&D in pure sciences. The Finance Minister needs to put more focus on exploring the possibility of Public Private Partnership (PPP) model in higher education.

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