Union HRD minister Kapil Sibal on Monday said that Central Advisory Board of Education has approved making Class X examinations optional in all CBSE schools from academic year (2010-11). Sibal said that after Class X exam is made optional in CBSE, the states may follow the pattern based on the experience of the central board. Sibal also said that government will set up Educational Tribunals to look into malpractices and grievances of students.

The government on Monday also announced that it will introduce grading system in all Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) schools. As per sources, the CBSE has prepared the format of an aptitude exam, which schools can use to test Class X students on their level of understanding in each subject. The emphasis, however, will be on continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) through the year instead of a single public exam at the end of Class X.

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The major announcements related to education sector in budget 2009-10 are:

  • Rs.827 crore allocated for opening one Central University in each uncovered State.
  • Rs.2,113 crore allocated for IITs and NITs which includes a provision of Rs.450 crore for new IITs and NITs.
  • Rs.50 crore allocated for Punjab University, Chandigarh. Plan allocation for Chandigarh to be suitably enhanced during the year to provide better infrastructure to the people of Chandigarh.
  • The overall Plan budget for higher education is to be increased by Rs.2,000 crore over Interim B.E. 2009-10.

Kapil Sibal’s (HRD minister) vision forward of revolutionising the education system (primarily school level) in India and Pranab Mukherjee (Finance Minister) has laid emphasis on the cause of higher education. Finance Minister has announced an increase of Rs 2,000 crore in plan expenditure to Rs 9,596 crore besides other sops especially for students from weaker section of the society.

The Union Budget 2009-10 has declared a scheme to provide full interest subsidy during the moratorium period on education loans taken from scheduled banks for pursuing any of the approved courses of study in technical and professional streams from a recognized institution in India. The scheme will be available to students from economically weaker sections to access higher education.

Information sourced from : SurfIndia,Rupess Times and Rediff

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