Presenting Union Budget 2021, Nirmala Sitharaman on February 1, 2021, announced that the financial year 2021-22 will focus to improve the quality of over 15, 000 schools under the new National Education Policy (NEP).
She was presenting the first budget after the COVID-19 crisis.
A total of 100 new Sainik Schools and other umbrella structures will be created to strengthen higher education across the country, she added.
Besides proposing to set up a central university in the Union Territory, she also said that the government will strengthen higher education in Ladakh.
“The Budget proposals for 2021-12 rest on six pillars: health & well-being, physical & financial capital & infrastructure, inclusive development for aspirational India, reinvigorating human capital, innovation & R&D, Minimum Govt & Maximum Governance,” Sitharaman said.
In Union Budget 2020-21, the government had allocated an outlay of Rs 99, 300 crore for the education sector.