Education Budget 2021-22: Ministry of Education gets Rs 93,224 crore, Rs 8,100 crore more than revised estimates
The National Scheme for Incentive to Girls for Secondary Education funds has also been reduced in the current fiscal to just Rs 1 crore from Rs 110 crore.
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented her third budget for the financial year 2021-22. As per the 2021 Budget allocation to the education sector, the Ministry of Education has received Rs 93,224.31 crore, an increase of more than Rs 8,100 crore from the revised estimates for the current fiscal. For the 2020-21 fiscal, the Ministry was originally allocated Rs 99,311.52 crore, which was later revised to Rs 85,089.07 crore owing to the coronavirus outbreak in the country, due to which the classes were shut to prevent the spread of the virus.
According to the Union Budget 2021-22, the Department of School Education has received Rs 54,873.66 crore as against Rs 59,845 crore allocated in the last Budget, a drop of Rs 4971.34 crore. The ministry’s school education scheme Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan saw its allocation reduced to Rs 31,050.16 crore from 38,750.50 crore in the current fiscal.
The National Scheme for Incentive to Girls for Secondary Education funds has also been reduced in the current fiscal to just Rs 1 crore from Rs 110 crore. The funds for the Kendriya Vidyalayas, however, have been increased from Rs 5,516 crore to Rs 6,800 crore.
The budget allocation to Navodaya Vidyalayas has also been increased by Rs 500 crore. A sum of Rs 3,300 crore was allocated to Navodaya Vidyalayas this fiscal, which has been raised to Rs 3,800 crore for the upcoming fiscal. The mid-day meal scheme saw an increase of Rs 500 crore as the total allocation has been raised to Rs 11,500 crore from Rs 11,000 in 2020-21.
However, the Department of Higher Education, which received Rs 39,466.52 crore last Budget, has been allocated Rs 38350.65 crore for 2021-22, registering a dip of Rs 1115.87 crore. The budget for the Higher Education Financing Agency (HEFA) has been reduced from Rs 2,200 crore to Rs 1 crore.