Scholarships of upto Rs 30,000 to poor students
Very little fell into the kitty of the higher education sector in Goa in the 2013 budget, with the biggest highlight being a provision of Rs 100 crore for the technical education department which will mean focus on professional and skill development courses.
From the announcement of an enhanceable provision of Rs 29 crore for the state's lone varsity – Goa University – to plans to upgrade infrastructure of government colleges in Khandola, Sanquelim and Quepem, innovative ideas seemed in short supply in the budget for the higher education sector.
A new college building was also promised by the chief minister and education minister Manohar Parrikar for the newest among the government colleges at Margao.
But one provision that is sure to strike the right chord with potential beneficiaries is the provision of Rs Two crore for bursary scholarships of upto Rs 30,000 to students whose parents' annual income is below Rs Two lakh.
"Students who need more than Rs 30,000 can apply for interest free loans," Parrikar announced.
He expressed interest in introducing newage courses like 3D printing and additive manufacturing in polytechnic institutes and engineering colleges in the state.
And in an attempt to rescue the Goa Engineering College, Parrikar said, "All the teaching posts in the college will be filled by next academic year. We have decided to focus on the all round development of the institute."
The GEC faces threat year after year from the All India Technical Education Council of losing recognition for not filling up several of its permanent vacancies. [TOI]