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Comment on Union Budget 2019 - Fr. P. Christie, S.J., Director, XLRI- Xavier School of Management

“A robust education system forms the bedrock of a strong and progressive nation. The Government’s initiative in bringing in the New National Education Policy in the near future is a welcome step.


There is need for Better Governance framework within the education sector and the government’s announcements like bringing reforms in the Higher Education Regulatory Arms to promote greater autonomy and focus on better academic outcomes and the allotment of Rs.400-crore for “World Class Institutions” are steps in the right direction to build a robust education system; and we look forward to the legislation to set up Higher Education Commission of India (HECI). However, this right intent of the government can truly be attained if we also have long-term strategy and organisational structure in place.

The government’s move to strengthen research and innovation and emphasis on start-ups are positive steps. We welcome the government's plan to have a DD TV channel for start-ups. The government’s vision of developing the National Research Foundation (NRF) will set the implementation process in motion and help not only in intellectual advancement of the youth but of the nation at large. 

The government’s decision to promote skill training and sports awareness would definitely help in holistic development of the youth.” 

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