New Delhi: Congress has issued manifesto for the Lok Sabha election 2019. This manifesto has been given the name ‘public voice’ and its tagline ‘we will deliver’. In the manifesto, there have been many promises regarding farmers, employment and education. At the same time, there are 25 promises about the field of education. The Congress has promised that if its government comes to power, then 6 percent of GDP will be spent on education. Let’s know what the Congress has promised on education.
Promise No. 1. Congress has promised that after coming into power, school education will be shifted to the state list under the Seventh Schedule of Union List, while the subject of higher education will be maintained in the Union List.
Promise number 2. School education in government school up to class XII will be compulsory and free. Amendments will be made in this regard in the Right to Education Act, 2009. In the government schools, the practice of charging a special fee in the name of various purposes will be abolished.
Promise No. 03. Congress is extremely worried about the quality of education and poor education results, as it has emerged in the annual survey report of education (ASER). Congress promises to give the highest importance to learning outcomes.
Promise No. 04. Promotion of the capacity, number and quality of government teacher training institutions. The regulation of teacher training institutes will be the responsibility of the National Council for Education and their funding will be the responsibility of the University Grants Commission or its successor. A plan for the periodic and continuing education of teachers will be implemented and the teachers will have to compulsorily participate in the scheme.
Promise No. 05. Congress promised to increase the budget allocation for education by doubling to 6 percent of GDP in the 5 years ending 2023-24. For this, the next framework will be put in front of the general budget of 2019-20 and specific annual targets will be decided.
Promise No. 06. Congress promised to increase the expenditure to provide adequate infrastructure in every school from class I to class 12, which would include classes, library, laboratory, playground, toilets, drinking water etc. The hostel will be constructed on the basis of demand.
Promise No. 07. Congress promises to increase the number of Kendriya Vidyalayas and Navodaya Vidyalayas on the basis of demand and in collaboration with State Governments.
Promise No. 08. Leaving school studies by children in the middle is a matter of very serious concern. The Congress has promised to stop this trend and ensure that every child completes the schooling till the 12th standard.
Promise number 09. Promotion of technology-enabled teaching methods and technology-driven, personal and adaptive learning tools in all schools to ensure uniform quality of education and to improve learning outcomes.
Promise No. 10. The Congress has promised to prepare children for employment or self-employment, that vocational training will be started as mandatory component of school education from class 9th to 12th standard.
Promise number 11. Congress will promote the establishment of special schools for children with special needs.
Promise number 12. India needs more universities. Congress has promised to establish more and more government universities in the country, especially in backward areas.
Promise number 13. Promise to restore the autonomy of colleges and universities.
Promise number 14. Regulating, grading and funding of colleges and universities will be assigned to different organizations. On the basis of need and merit, sufficient funds will be provided to the University Grants Commission or its follow-up institution to grant liberal donations to the colleges and universities.
Promise number 15. Promise to take appropriate measures to include guests, temporary and contract teachers, in the regular establishment of universities so that they get the benefit of a reasonable right.
Promise No. 16. We promise to restore the 200-point roster system in the appointments of central universities and other central institutions of higher education.
Promise No. 17. Congress will ensure that the serving teachers be represented in the management bodies of colleges and universities.
Promise No. 18. Promise of establishing more higher educational institutions in subjects such as medical, engineering, commerce, management and science.
Promise No. 19. Promise of Gross Enrolment Ratios (GER) in Higher Education from the existing level of 25.8 to at least 40 levels in the next 5 years.
Promise No. 20. Change in NEET Examination Rules.
Promise number 21. Students who are permanently living in the village come for education for the first time from the family or apply for admission to the college or university on the basis of special gender, should be encouraged by giving special points.
Promise No. 22. College and university education should be funded in multiple ways. We promise to increase the prescribed amount for grants to colleges and universities.
Promise No. 23. Congress has promised to increase the number of scholarships given to students. Colleges and universities will be encouraged to build talent funds to support poor students eligible.
Promise No. 24. Education loan program will revive and reorganize. Applications will be received, tested and approved on a single portal and will then be submitted to the branch of the bank for documentation and monitoring of the applicant’s residence or study site. Unless the student gets job or earnings through self-employment, no interest will be taken during the study period. Outstanding interest on foreclosure loans will be waived till March 31, 2019.
Promise No. 25. Congress Student Rights Bill will be passed to codify the rights and obligations of students in colleges and universities.