Delhi Budget: More EWS seats;100 new schools



New Delhi: A cash subsidy for students to buy writing material, increase in EWS seats in schools, 100 new school buildings and upgradation of a technological institute for women into university are part of the Delhi government's ambitious plans for education sector this fiscal.

In the Budget presented today, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has allocated Rs 1,901 crore, which is 12.67 per cent of the total plan outlay in 2012-13.

The outlay of Rs 1,313 crore in 2011-12 was 9.44 per cent of the total outlay in that financial year while in 2004-05, it was a meagre Rs 337 crore.

The government is proposing a cash subsidy of Rs 300 per annum to students of Class I to V, and Rs 400 per annum to students of Class VI to VIII in government and government- aided schools.

Currently, students of Class I to VIII get free textbooks and uniform subsidy. The new scheme would benefit about 8 lakh students and cost the exchequer Rs 30 crore.

Meritorious students might have more reason to celebrate with the city government announcing an increase in the award amount from Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000.

Under the 'Yuva Nirman Scheme', the government is proposing to provide reimbursement for tuition fee to EWS students with family income of Rs 2 lakh, as opposed to the earlier cap of Rs 1 lakh.

The intake capacity of BSc course in Delhi Institute of Hotel Management has been increased from 60 to 120 students. This institute got the National Award for Best Placement Performance for the year 2010-11 from the Tourism Ministry.

The Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology will be upgraded and restructured as Indira Gandhi Technical University for Women in the current fiscal through a bill proposed to be introduced in this session. Twenty-six schools have been upgraded and five have been converted into Sarvodaya Vidyalays. New streams have been added in 44 senior secondary schools.

More than 14,000 EWS category students got admission in private schools in 2011-12 under free ship quota. In 2012-13, about 20,000 EWS students are expected to get admissions in private schools in Delhi.

In 2012-13, 'smart classes' will be started in one section of each class from IX to XII in all Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalayas.

Hundred sites have been identified for the construction of new school buildings. Possession of 90 sites has already been taken. Construction of 29 new schools buildings and 13 semi-pucca school buildings will be started in the current financial year.

Construction of buildings for Delhi government funded colleges, including Deen Dayal Upadhyay College at Dwarka, Shaheed Sukhdev, College of Business Studies at Rohini, Maharishi Balmiki College of Education at Rohini, Bhagini Nivedita College at Kair are proposed to be started during this fiscal.

Work on the second campus of Guru Govind Singh Indraprastha University at Surajmal Vihar will be taken up during the current financial year.

PTI