15th Finance Commission has allocated Rs.5,000 crores for promotion of online education in the country

15th Finance Commission has allocated Rs.5,000 crores for promotion of online education in the country

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

DEPARTMENT OF HIGHER EDUCATION

LOK SABHA 

STARRED QUESTION NO. 5
TO BE ANSWERED ON 19.07.2021

Promotion of online education

5. SHRI BALASHOWRY VALLABHANENI

Will the Minister of EDUCATION be pleased to state:

(a) whether the 15th Finance Commission has allocated Rs.5,000 crores for promotion of online education in the country;

(b) if so, the details thereof;

(c) whether any assessment has been made about the requirement of laptops for college students in the country;

(d) if so, the details thereof with a particular reference to Andhra Pradesh; and

(e) the details of the action plan prepared/being prepared to spend this amount within the award period?

Promotion of online education

ANSWER 

MINISTER OF EDUCATION

(SHRI DHARMENDRA PRADHAN)

Part (a) to (e) A Statement is laid on the table of the House.

STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PARTS (a) TO (e) OF LOK SABHA STARRED QUESTION NO. 5 TO BE ANSWERED ON 19.07.2021 ASKED BY SHRI BALASHOWRY VALLABHANENI HON’BLE MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT REGARDING “PROMOTION OF ONLINE EDUCATION”.

(a) to (c): The 15th Finance Commission has recommended, a grant of Rs. 6,143 Cr. for online learning and development of professional courses in regional languages (matribhasha) for higher education in India. This includes promotion of online education through the development of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), direct-to-home (DTH) content development, digital classrooms and provision of devices (laptop/ tablets) for 25 lakhs students belonging to socially and economically weaker sections of the society. The inter se distribution between states has been made on the basis of 2011 census population.

(d) : An amount of Rs. 250 Cr. has been allocated for state of Andhra Pradesh out of total amount of Rs. 6,143 Cr. recommended.

(e) : 15th Finance Commission, in their report has recommended following year-wise distribution for this grant:

Rs. in Cr.

Year

Online Education

Development of professional courses in regional

languages

Total

MOOCs

Developments

DTH

Device

Digital classrooms

2021-22

68

3

449

400

213

1133

2022-23

83

5

463

413

213

1177

2023-24

129

13

477

427

213

1259

2024-25

148

14

492

436

213

1303

2025-26

91

11

505

451

213

1271

Total

519

46

2386

2127

1065

6143


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