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Education key focus area in Nitish budget

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The Bihar  government has presented  an estimated  budget of Rs 1.44   lakh  Crore  for the 2016-17 fiscal, which  focused mainly  on education;  a sector that is  among Chief Minister  Nitish  Kumar's.


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seven resolves'. The budget, which is 40 per cent higher than that of last year, has not proposed any fresh  taxes.  It   has  an estimated plan   outlay  of Rs 71,501.84 Crore  and  non-plan   expenditure of Rs 72,276.95 Crore.

According to State Finance Minister, Abdul  Bari Siddiqui, "This budget is not just Rs 24,010.95 Crore more than last year, but also estimates a revenue surplus of Rs 14,649.46 Crore." The allocation for education  remained at the top of  all  sectors with  an estimated  outlay  of Rs 21,897 Crore, he said. The minister  said five new private  universities  would be set up while  119  acres would be provided for newly sanctioned Indian Institute of  Management (IIM) at Bodh Gaya. Free Wi-Fi facilities would also be made available  in  colleges  and universities.  The money will also be spent on constructing new classrooms and scholarships to promote education.

To  promote higher  education,  students will  get   credit  cards of  up  to  Rs 4  lakh.  An agriculture university would be set up in Kishanganj while a Para-medical college would come up in each district of Bihar," said Siddiqui.

Expressing concern over "poor quality" of  teaching in the state, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar stated that despite the state government spending 25  per cent of  its  budget on the sector, quality education  still remains a challenge  for  it. Concerns  on quality  education  were reiterated  by the Bihar’s CM after inaugurating 475  educational buildings constructed under various schemes on the fifth  foundation day celebrations of  Bihar State Educational Infrastructure Structure Development Nigam. The state government had been running  training  programme for teachers with  assistance from  the  World Bank to  get  rid  of  the grim  education scenario,  according  to an official   source.

Mr Kumar besides working on improving quality of education has been emphasizing on efforts that have been put on each and every aspect associated  with  education. “To  facilitate  higher  education for children, plus-two schools were being constructed in Panchayats” cited Nitish Kumar. Batting for education  of  girls, Mr Kumar  expressed that girls studying  would  have far reaching benefits  for society including  checking  population  and stopping  social  ills like child  marriage  and foeticide.  He had asked building construction department to pay special attention towards safeguarding against earthquake as  the  state  falls  in  seismic zone.  State  education  minister  had  also spoken  the significance of  girl’s education on the occasion of  fifth foundation daycelebration of  Bihar State Educational Infrastructure Structure Development Nigam.

“Three new medical colleges would be set up at Chapra, Samastipur and Purnea as the Centre has given its approval in this regard” Siddiqui, the Finance Minister quoted, adding that five new medical colleges would be set up in the state, each having a nursing college. The Narendra Modi government at the centre has been extra generous towards girls education  as it is  exemplified  by the Minister heading the HRD Ministry who is also incidentally a wom


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