Budget 2023 set to make India a knowledge-based economy: Pranav Gupta
As the founder of Ashoka University, Pranav Gupta, praised the Budget for its broad scope, attention to the needs of the people, and push towards progress
New Delhi : Governments and policymakers have made it a top priority to foster the growth of a knowledge-based economy due to its potential to boost productivity and economic growth. According to Union Budget 2023, announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, the education sector will receive 1.12 lakh crores, the highest allocation in decades. As the founder of Ashoka University, Pranav Gupta, praised the Budget for its broad scope, attention to the needs of the people, and push towards progress. It’s a comprehensive plan for India’s future that will bring about significant changes in the country’s educational system, workforce, and infrastructure, as well as its emphasis on entrepreneurship. With these kinds of ground-breaking measures, India can get much closer to its goal of becoming a knowledge-based economy.
There is sufficient money in this budget for advanced education, research and development, and skill enhancement. It is also meant to encourage new approaches to education and raise the bar for classroom instruction. In addition, it works to guarantee that people from all walks of life can pursue graduate-level studies if they so choose. The federal government plans to fund the founding of new research universities that will focus on advancing science and technology.
Also, new initiatives like the Digital India Education Mission will be launched as part of the budget in order to close the digital divide between rural and urban areas. In addition, there are provisions for the creation of specialised training programmes for educators and the distribution of financial aid to students from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds. The hope is that by taking these steps, India can create a knowledge-based economy that will fuel its rapid economic growth.
For the first time, according to Pranav Gupta, “reading culture,” “capacity-building initiatives,” and “teacher training and recruitment programmes” all feature prominently in the union budget. As someone who works in the field of education, I am heartened by the budget’s focus on improving school funding and its potential effects on the entire higher education system. If the NEP is to be efficiently implemented, starting at the grassroots level, this budget will be essential.
The budget lays the groundwork for transitioning India’s economy to one based on knowledge and driven by technology and provides an all-encompassing plan for doing so. By creating the National Digital Library, we hope to increase access to high-quality literature across borders, linguistic barriers, literary traditions, and scholastic specialisations. The states would also be encouraged to set up physical libraries at the panchayat level to provide the requisite infrastructure for the digital library to be easily accessible. New pedagogy, curricula, and professional development opportunities, among other things, would be used to rethink the way teachers are educated and prepared for the classroom. Because of this, the DIETs will be revitalised into thriving hubs of educational and vocational innovation. Improved student learning can be achieved through the implementation of new approaches to instruction, the updating of curricula, the provision of ongoing professional development opportunities, and the integration of information and communication technologies.
Targeted investments in AI are crucial for maintaining and creating jobs, and it’s undeniable that AI will be one of the most important trends in the future. So, if India is going to make any headway in the information technology sector, it is critically important that it establishes three new centres of excellence for AI. Overall, the budget is a positive move towards improving access to and funding for high-quality, career-focused higher education. We applaud the Budget 2023’s focus on education and training in accordance with the NEP and the fiscal measures aimed at creating jobs for the next generation. Innovation and learning receive a boost from the emphasis on building sustainable public and digital infrastructure. Pranav Gupta, founder of Ashoka University, argues that a significant step towards closing the skills and employability gap would be to establish national skill centres, centres of excellence for artificial intelligence, and incentives to adopt innovative educational programmes.