Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman says, "100 new Sainik Schools will be set up in partnership with NGOs, private schools and states. We will introduce legislation to implement the establishment of Higher Education Commission of India this year."
Indian Union Budget 2021-22: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in an enthusiastic announcement in his budget speech that the government aims to set up 100 new Sainik Schools in the country to promote quality education. As part of hand-holding the newly formed Union Territory of Ladakh, the government has announced that a new central university will soon be established in Leh, the capital of Ladakh, to provide quality education to the residents of Ladakh.
The Finance Minister mentioned that Sainik Schools will be set up in close cooperation and partnership with various non-governmental organizations (NGOs), private schools and the state government. While announcing the first budget of the decade, Sitharaman also mentioned that the government is in the process of establishing the Higher Education Commission of India and bringing a law this year.
Sainik Schools are known for providing disciplined and high quality education to students in different parts of the country. Primarily modeled to train students for the armed forces, students who complete their education from these schools are successful in large numbers in various Armed Forces recruitment exams like NDA, CDS and AFCAT. Apart from students opting for a career in the Armed Forces, a large number of students from Sainik Schools topped the competitive examinations like IIT-JEE, NEET etc.
Sainik Schools are one of the best government schools in the country apart from Kendriya Vidyalayas and Navodaya Vidyalayas which are directly funded by the Central Government. In contrast to the quality of downward education in a large number of state government-run schools, Sainik Schools, Kendriya Vidyalayas and Navodayas have stood up to provide quality education to students at affordable fees in the country.
Announcing the decision to open a new central university in Leh, FM Sitharaman said that the government was proposing a new university in Ladakh to make higher education more accessible to the residents of the region. This step will benefit those students of Ladakh who are forced to shift to far-flung cities like Delhi and Chandigarh to complete their higher education. The move also has the potential to increase the participation of Ladakhi students in higher education courses.