The focus on skilling and vocational education is an encouraging step. The proposal to have 150 HEIs offer an apprenticeship related degree/diploma could help to overcome social taboos against blue-collar skilling and encourage more youngsters to opt out of pursuing general degree courses for white-collar jobs.
One would have liked to see greater thrust on providing incentives for adoption of education technology solutions for better student outcomes. While GST rates are not within the purview of the Union Budget, it would have been a positive to hear about proposals for reviewing GST rates applicable on subscription of educational technology solutions.
The announcement about the launch of full-fledged online degree courses by HEIs ranked in the Top 100 of the National India Ranking Framework is again a welcome but baby step towards creating an infrastructure for making cost-effective higher education opportunities available to a larger number of youngsters. However, much more would be required to ensure consistent pedagogy and quality outcomes.