Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman while presenting the Union Budget said that all the state governments will be encouraged for revising the syllabus of the agricultural universities for adopting new and innovative measures with the existing chapters.
As a part of it, the new curriculum will include topics such as zero-budget farming, natural farming, modern-day agriculture, value education, and management which will help in meeting the needs of modern agriculture. A committee will be also formed for revamping the syllabus of such universities.
India’s Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar also took to Twitter and shared the announcement made in the union budget this year.
Meanwhile, the Finance Minister also made many other announcements concerning the education sector including the development of a digital university for students to acquire world-class quality education with ISTE standards.
Also, to ensure that the platform is accessible to all students from all the states without any language barrier, the courses will be offered in various regional languages and will provide a number of courses. Similarly, the skilling and vocational programs will be re-oriented with the industrial needs.
The Finance Minister made several major announcements concerning the agricultural sector followed by the education sector. The Union Budget 2022-23 is focused on filling the learning gap caused due to the pandemic situation and further enhancing the quality of learning among students through various measures and mechanisms for education delivery.
The FM also spoke on extending quality education in the pandemic as the budget is focused on digital learning. Citing the impact on students’ academic performance due to the closing of schools, an e-learning content delivery platform will be launched by TV, internet, and smartphones for students in rural and semi-urban areas.
A reduction in customs duty on shrimp aquaculture was also announced in the budget speech. Funding for AgriTech startups by NABARD, linking of Ken-Betwa river project, promoting chemical-free natural farming and further a major announcement of Rs 2.37 lakh crore of MSP payment to wheat and paddy farmers were few other announcements concerning the agricultural sector.