India is one of those nations whose population comprises mainly of young people. For such a nation, the basic pillar that vigorously holds the weight of India's growth is the education of this age group. India has churned out millions of graduates in the past decades but the quality of education has seen a significant degradation because of the commercialisation of the education sector. Today, it is the most liable period of time in the India history for the government to make amendments in the educational schemes.
With the revisions in the five-year plans and the launch of new schemes, we can hope for a better future generation of Indians. The Government has launched a number of schemes that plan to invest in the Educational segment for reaping benefits in the long run. The Union Budget that came out in the beginning of 2016 saw a number of schemes being launched to help young people gain primary, secondary and higher education.
The government has successfully allotted an investment of Rs 1000 crore for a Higher Education Financing Agency (HEFA) which was set up at the time of the announcement of the budget. Such agencies would provide magnanimous support to students who wish to take up courses under higher education.
The government has also lately announced schemes regarding improving the efficiency of the education sector, making it more digitised and connected over the web. By making a number of certificates issuable online, such as generating digital depositories for various educational certificates like school leaving certificates, college degrees, academic awards and mark sheets the government has planned to take off those extra hours of having to wait in long disgusting queues.
Another scheme that came out as a beneficiary for the school education system was the establishment of 62 new Navodaya Vidyalayas in the country within the span of two years. This scheme was launched to better the situation of education at the basic school level. Since we are lacking in our goal of providing universal primary education to all children of the country, India desperately needs schemes and policies like these.
Another area upon which the government has commendably worked is the Education of the girl child. The Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Andolan was launched to promote the education of female students in India. This special scheme particularly pertains to the encouragement of backward classes and minority communities for education.
Further, keeping in mind the need for higher educational institutes and research facilities in the nation, the government has launched a scheme that plans to spend crores on setting up new technical and medical institutes across the country. Ten public and private institutes would be chosen to emerge as world class education centres to provide high quality education to deserving students. Teaching as well as research facilities would be enhance under this scheme making these institutes well equipped with all sorts of educational tools.
What started as the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan back in 2013 is now being taken forward by the government, under a number of different names but with the same motive: Empowering India in the arena of Education.