Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday addressed a webinar on the ‘positive impact’ of the Union Budget 2022-23 on the education sector in the country. 

Modi said the budget focuses on five aspects related to the education sector — universalisation of quality education, skill development, urban planning and design, internationalisation and AVGC (Animation Visual Effects Gaming Comic), reported PTI.

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Seven parallel breakout sessions are set to be conducted at the webinar organised by the ministry of education. The themes include Digital University, the Digital Teacher, Widening Reach of One Class One Channel, India Specific Knowledge in Urban Planning and Design, Towards Fostering Stronger Industry-Skill Linkage, Developing Educational Institutions in GIFT City, and Strengthening Industry-Skill Linkage in AVGC.

The budget will also help greatly with the implementation of National Education Policy 2020, PM Modi said, while highlighting the importance of digital connectivity. 

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“We are seeing how the digital divide is rapidly shrinking in India. Innovation is ensuring inclusion for us,” he said.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced the establishment of a Digital University during the Union Budget 2022 speech.

“Digital University is one of its kind. Our focus is on digital integration. It can solve the issue of limited seats in academic programmes. With Digital University, there will be a seat for every student, the PM said on Monday.

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Educational infrastructure such as e-Vidya, One Class One Channel, Digital Labs and Digital University are going to help the youths a lot, he said.

Asserting that education in mother tongue is related to children’s mental development, Modi highlighted that medical and technical education has started in many states in local languages.

(Written with PTI inputs)