Lack of funds at all levels is now a new feature of our education system. But now there is credible data to support the same.
HRD has expressed serious concern over the rising trend of huge gap between the proposed demand and the actual allocation of funds for higher education. In its report, the committee has said that "the actual allocation is less than half of what the ministry had proposed."
In one another report on school education, committee has asked HRD ministry to carry out a ground verification assessment of various schools that are not giving 25% admission to children belonging to economically weaker sections.
The committee also made a comment on the Mid day meal scheme. Over the case of mid-day meal dispute, the parliamentary panel said that the amount paid to cooks is meager and compensation should be brought to the level of MNREGA wages.
Panel has recommended that 25% of all government education funds to be spent on higher education. It is being said that to achieve higher Gross Enrolment Ratio and for making India an educational hub globally, not only more allocations are required but the utilization of allocations has to be done more efficiently.
Parliamentary panel said this trend is "certainly affecting the implementation of various schemes in the ministry" and asked it to review its overall mechanism right from making the proposed demand till the final expenditure is incurred and also assess the impact as far as implementation of various schemes is concerned."
Other changes that the Committee has suggested included doing an assessment of vacancies of teachers and also the recommendation a system of performance audit of teachers based on feedback.