Failing the education sector

Print edition : March 02, 2018

The dilapidated condition of a government school in Adavihulagbal village, Karnataka. A quarter of government schools in India lack basic infrastructure such as toilets and functional classrooms. Many government schools are being run down and then closed, forcing parents to enrol their children in private schools. Photo: Rajendra Singh Hajeri

The overarching theme of Budget 2018-19 is that of privatisation, and the budget for higher education is no different, with substantial cuts in allocations to the University Grants Commission and Central universities as well as outlays for the IITs and IIMs.
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