VOICING THE EDUCATION FUND REDUCTION

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“Change your thoughts and you will change the world”. Of course this quote narrates the same as that of M. K. Gandhi’s quote, “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. Till how long are we supposed to go through the same ordeal on a regular basis; it’s high time that we also wake up and put up our hand to change things around us. Our country being the world’s biggest democratic, Government of the people, by the people, for the people, it’s we the citizens who lead a major role; especially the youth are the ones who are responsible for every aspect that promotes the growth and development of our country. Our political system which is assumed to be engulfed with corruption and is held reason for illiteracy, unemployment, malnutrition, poverty and other problems that has led to our country’s backwardness. A solid foundation of a well-established education system is fundamental in the furtherance of a developing nation like India. One of the trivial and simplest ways to uplift our country is by providing proper education, which not just involves the elementary education, but also the higher education in universities. One change that should be made in the Indian Government is that reducing the amount of money that goes for party campaigning during elections and channelizing some more money in the education and employment sector. More emphasis needs to be given towards the scholarship schemes, and for the funding of government-run educational institutes, and unnecessary money spending for elections should be regulated.

From the budget statistics sources, we see that the public spending on education, total (% of government expenditure) in India was 10.50 as of 2010. Its highest value over the past 12 years was 12.72 in 1999, while its lowest value was 9.98 in 2009. Of lately, this was in headlines some time back – “The government has reduced funds for higher education to the tune of Rs 3,900 crore in its revised budget estimates for the financial year 2014-15. The government has revised the figure to Rs 13,000 crore, as against Rs 16,900 crore for the plan allocation. The government has also revised allocation for Rashtriya Uchcha Siksha Abhiyan — which seeks to improve overall quality of higher education in the country — to Rs 397 crore as against Rs 2,200 crore in the original budget.” It is good that the Government is putting a lot of emphasis on the budget sought to give a push to technology integration in education and virtual classrooms, but it would be actually helpful if the Government looks more deeply into intricate issues such as deficient school facilities and provide toilets and drinking water in all girls’ schools. Lack of inventory is one of the plausible reasons of the ‘Brain Drain’India needs a strong research base, but most of our universities are starving for funds. As far as, expense in concerned that is an issue just in private colleges. IITs, IIMs and government medical colleges have exceptionally low fees. The problem is number; there are just so limited number of IITs and IIMs. Education is state’s responsibility and there should be so much government participation so as to leave no room for profit – oriented private involvement.

One thing to suggest is that the government can give small internships to unemployed engineers in order to make them aware about the things they have learned, scholarships to meritorious students etc. Many inventors and industrialists in the world are from our nation. Lakhs of engineers and doctors are coming out from colleges every year and they leave the country for better job prospectus, which is somewhat unfair towards the country. Because all distinction students are going out of our nation and with the average students we are facing all developments the best is outside and we are searching for the best with remaining.

Education is the only way forward, to uplift the country from the so-called backwardness. Education will bring about awareness among the public, which in turn will help the common man to make better and justifiable choices. As more and more people get educated, many of these educated personnel will trickle into politics. They will be able to solve the problems in a better manner, which will help the country move in the right direction. We have the power and we should make use of it.

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