Digital continues to be the watchword of education. From setting up a digital university to launching the Digital DESH e-portal, the second paperless budget has given a lot of importance to the digital initiative in education. Did Union Budget 2022 meet the expectations of the education sector? Let us have a quick look at the education experts’ reactions and find out the answer for that.
Dr. Chenraj Roychand, Founder Chairman, JAIN Group
The pandemic has cost students almost two full years of formal education. It has also thrown up a high demand for supplementary teaching and building a resilient mechanism for the education sector. We are pleased with the Union Budget 2022-23’s decision to increase the number of TV channels from 12 to 200, as part of the One Class one TV Channel, program of PM’s eVIDYA. This was constituted under NEP (National Education Policy) that had endorsed a 6% of GDP to be directed towards education. We feel this is a good initiative by the Central Government to help students who cannot afford expensive phones and tablets. This initiative will also enable all states to provide excellent supplementary education in regional languages for Classes 1 to 12. We welcome the decision of the government to set up 750 Virtual labs in Science and Mathematics, as these two subjects are the core of any educational degree. We are delighted to see the emphasis on setting up a Taskforce to promote Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming, and Comic promotion, as these are a few booming career opportunities of the present and future.
Gerald Jaideep, CEO, Medvarsity Online
In her Budget 2022 address, Hon’ble Finance Minister Smt Nirmala Sitharaman made several announcements which collectively will boost the health ed-tech sector. The rollout of 5G was much anticipated, and the tech industry is elated to learn that 5G spectrum auctions will happen this year. This will definitely open up tremendous opportunities for online education sector to leverage high-speed data connectivity and innovate better learning and education products especially in subjects like medical education where visual demonstrations play a big part in imparting knowledge and virtual experience. With the budget, the Government has reaffirmed its position on three important verticals: the ramping up of digital infrastructure with across urban and rural landscape, the launch of open platform for the national digital health ecosystem, and the increased focus on online education, learning and skilling through initiatives such as the launch of PM eVidya, Digital University, Digital Ecosystem for Skilling and Livelihood – the DESH-Stack eportal. All these initiatives will further knowledge transfer, education, learning, and skilling across geographies through digital means. As a leading health ed-tech company, we look forward to the integration of these factors with that of health education and medical training, which will help the sector scale and further advance level health education to healthcare workforce across India.
Md Sajid Khan, Head of International Development, ACCA
ACCA applauds the government for measures announced in the budget related to providing supplementary education in regional languages for class 1-12 students, by expanding PM eVIDYA program to over 200 TV Channels and the launch of the Digital DESH e-portal for skilling, upskilling & reskilling the youth of India. These together with the development of the digital university for world-class quality education will set a clear path for India to create an advanced digital learning infrastructure and also reach far in educating learners who lack access to the internet and other resources.
Niru Agarwal, Trustee, Greenwood High International School
Education is a unique sector where investment has multiple effects. The state of education is often a healthy predictor of the country’s overall development and well-being. While quality education holds the key to inclusive growth, education in India needs to be recognised as an equaliser especially in the context of the pandemic. It is also a crucial instrument that can bridge the socio-economic divide in our country. Establishing a Digital university and over 200 channels covering multiple regional languages under the One class, one TV channel’ program are two very innovative and path breaking initiatives which will enable students across the country to access quality education far and wide through the hub and spoke model. The development of quality e-content to empower and equip teachers with digital tools of teaching and facilitating better learning outcomes is a welcome measure to help children. With the challenges of the online learning arrangements, the government’s decision to enhance digital learning with E VIDYA will be a boost to the education sector. There was a necessity to train and build skills among children as this would make them employable and this has been addressed by focus on ITI’s which will undertake this task. The digital gap has also proven to be a bane for the education sector in the context of the pandemic. Education plays an important role in bringing a change in society across generations and more so now in this technological age. Now proper implementation is needed to take conducive steps to bridge the digital divide gap so that learning solutions can be easily accessed by everyone as it’s a critical need at the ground level. The overall focus of the budget has been to make education robust and responsive to students’ needs in terms of quality education in rural areas, skill development, research & development and employability. Going forward, more rigorous platforms should be developed and curated for students to learn with ease and discipline.
Yeshwanth Raj Parasmal, Co-founder, 21K School
The Finance Minister has unveiled a Budget that aims to bridge the economic gap between India and Bharat. The proposed policies are an inspiring start in what will hopefully provide stimuli for continued growth, leading us closer towards our goal of achieving sustained acceleration!
I welcome the focus on digital aspects of education and creating greater access for students with structured, high-quality content. The announcement of Digital University is most welcome and in line with the trend of online schools across the country. But, it misses the opportunity to leapfrog with more significant innovation and investment for improved access, equity and affordability. The structural flaws of the education sector and problems on the ground could have been addressed. Exciting times are ahead for Digital Education.
Shweta Sastri, Managing Director, Canadian International School, Bangalore
The union budget has ushered in positive measures in the field of education which will give a boost to the sector especially in context of the pandemic. A robust education system is a necessity for any growing nation and this is all the more important when the country is aiming to normalize education. The focus on digitization, bridging the rural-urban gap, making online education available to all children are all measures that are welcome. Two years of education regression for school going children meant that we needed to double-up efforts to bridge education gaps. The budget 2022 for the education sector rightly focuses on upskilling and digital learning. The announcement of one class one channel and expansion to 200 channels under e-vidya will enable the reach of online education to a vast body of students where online education is still not widespread. The push to regional education is welcome as this will once again enable people in the rural areas to access quality education in their languages. Another welcome decision on digital university is that it will expand the reach of education to the masses as it will follow a hub and spoke model and emphasize the role of ICT in digital education. The focus on skill training by ITIs will also enable students to be employable in the future. The budget has addressed structural issues in the education landscape and has ensured that all children get access to education. The budget has also well-coincided with the opening of schools as it is important to reverse the learning loss among students. Education clearly is one of the most important investments a country can make in its people and their future. The government must act to meet the needs of an aspiring generation which is looking to the future with great hope. Overall, it has given a boost to the education sector that will result in the nation’s progress.
Achin Bhattacharyya, Founder and CEO, Notebook
Expansion of the “One class, one TV channel” program of PM eVIDYA from 12 to 200 TV channels is a welcome step as encouraging supplementary education in regional languages is the need of the hour as language cannot act as a barrier to receiving a quality education, especially for first-generation learners. Encouraging PPP projects which will help in a centralised build-up of quality content in regional languages and ensure their easy access through mass mediums will help the country reap the demographic dividend in the years to come.
Shaina Ganapathy, Head of Community Outreach, Embassy Group
As the country’s collective attention is focused on the 2022 Budget, we at Embassy are eager to see some much-needed policies in the fields of education and health come into place. The finance minister began on a hopeful note by saying that India’s economic growth is estimated to be at 9.27 percent in FY22, highest among all large economies.
Considering the heightened need for more emphasis on training and skill development, we are happy to note that the government will be reorienting Skilling programs and launching a digital DESH e-portal for the skilling, upskilling and reskilling of India’s youth. With over 12 million people joining the Indian workforce annually, these measures will surely strengthen the next generation of blue and white-collar employees and contribute to the growth of the Indian economy through an upskilled workforce.
As schools shut down time and again to keep the virus at bay, children, particularly those from underprivileged communities, have lost almost two years of education – the pandemic has had an untold adverse impact on the education system. We are pleased to hear that to provide supplementary education and build a resilient mechanism for education delivery, the government will set up a digital university to provide students access to education. The ‘One class, one TV channel’ programme under PM e-Vidya will be expanded from 12 to 200 TV channels and allow states to provide education to students of classes 1-12 in regional languages.
The budget also includes improved access to healthcare with an open platform for the national digital health ecosystem to be rolled out, along with the launch of a National tele-medicine programme. This go a long way to improving access to healthcare for people in various communities, including those in remote areas.
At Embassy Group, we aim at creating lifelong resilience to illness and disease with end-to-end healthcare interventions for Government School students and in strengthening the existing healthcare infrastructure of our nation. We’ll see long-term growth in this crucial sector with the Government focusing on comprehensively building an ecosystem where health services are accessible for everyone.
Considering our current climate crisis, The Jal Jeevan Mission that was launched in August 2019 to provide safe drinking water to all rural households by 2024, has been allocated 60,000 crores in the 2022 Budget. The Jal Jeevan Mission aims to provide potable water to 3.8 crore households in 2022-23. The budget also includes funds for a Solar push; to boost domestic manufacturing of solar power equipment and subsequently benefit solar power generators. It’s heartening to see these steps taken towards a more sustainable future. We look forward to seeing our country reach greater heights with the aid of these provisions that the 2022 Budget provides.
Nitin Vijay, CEO & MD, Motion Education
As stated by the FM, the Union Budget focuses on inclusivity and collective effort, particularly with its focus on online education and outreach into rural and, as yet, underserved areas, and demographics. The deliberate and significant focus on education, particularly edtech with the provision of ‘one class, one channel’ and for regional language learning will collectively boost outcomes for education in many ways. We foresee a fillip to education-based content services, supplementary learning systems, and e-infrastructure development. The PM e-Vidya scope has been extended to 200 channels and we wish this effort all the success considering the vacuum created by the pandemic and the urgent need for swift and decisive recovery and transformation in student’s learning horizons. To this end, the proposed setting up of the Digital University is sure to usher in a sea change as far as new initiatives in the field of virtual teaching and education are concerned. This budget does echo the noble intentions of ‘Sabka Prayas’ and ‘Sabka Vikas’.
Manish Mohta, Managing Director, Learning Spiral
It is a welcome initiative by our honorable Finance Minister, the 2022 budget met some of the expectations from the education industry. The paperless format of the budget itself is encouraging digitalization and online learning which is a remarkable act. EdTech and content development will see a higher demand after the announcement of dedicated Tv channels along with that the E- registration, and E- admission step will strengthen the system and make education more easily accessible for the students. This will empower children in the tough times that the entire nation is facing due to covid-19. The last few years have been full of turmoil and challenges for the education industry. These new announcements in the 2022 budget will strengthen the education ecosystem and help India in becoming more Aatmanirbhar in the upcoming days.”
Karanvir Singh, Founder & CEO, Pariksha
Digital education became the familiar way of new-age learning following the lockdown. The new trend has been well accepted by the government as the way forward for upskilling, widening access to education, and strengthening the higher education system in the country. Additionally, the budget too circumscribed the fact that in a diverse nation like India, education can only be delivered by understanding the vernacular requirements of every region. The expansion of ‘One Class One TV Channel’ to provide supplementary education in regional languages for classes 1-12 will boost the early and secondary education in the country. And the proposed launch of the digital university will simultaneously cater to the requirements of higher education. Thus, the budget has served, end-to-end, to raise the education system in the country in a holistic manner.”
Piyush Bhartiya, Co-Founder, AdmitKard
The budget has been very much in line with the latest trends and changing paradigm in the education system. We are glad that the government is promoting digital education in India. The budget mentioned the launch of a nationwide digital university, which might be the answer to the long prevailing gaps in the higher education system. What initially started as a result of the global lockdown, has now been acknowledged as the probable solution to the difficulty of accessing higher education in the country where 65% of the population resides in the rural region. Simultaneously, stressing on Higher education will reflect in the next generation’s culture and quality of skill-set in the employment market.
Ankit Maggu, Co-Founder, Geekster
The biggest challenge that our youth face is the lack of in-demand skills, the reason for this is that our higher education has not been able to adapt as per the changing Industry requirements. The new age entrepreneurs are trying to address this gap through different models making skill based education accessible to the masses but a lot more needs to be done. The launch of digital university is a great step, as it will increase the penetration of quality education even in the remotest areas at affordable price points.
Additionally, Digital DESH e-portal will help further refine the skills of the youth making them more employable and will reduce the skill gap, benefiting both – jobseekers, and employers.
Himanshu Tyagi, CEO & Founder, Digikull
“The long prevailing skill gap in the market was a challenge for both- the recruiters, and youth of the nation too. With the launch of Digital DESH e-portal we can expect to fill in this gap to a certain extent. The interesting part is, that following the lockdown, adoption of digital media had increased. The budget has leveraged this shift in behaviour to add to the ultimate aim of digital India. If the execution is right, we can gradullary expect digital learning to become the primary education system 5 years down the line.”
Manav Subodh, Managing Director, 1M1B (One Million for one Billion)
As the budget encourages skills development & digitization, reskilling and upskilling will be key to getting students ready for digital jobs. Global trends suggest the evolution of the creator’s economy. Soloprenurship and freelancing will be a big trend in the future. Digital and creators’ skills can uplift many young job seekers and get them ready to be meaningfully employed without leaving their cities or villages. We need to focus on workplace experiences along with skilling, re-skilling and upskilling. This will drive the creators economy in India.
Avinash Kumar, Founder, Credenc
We welcome the Union Budget announced by the Finance Minister that is positively focused on e-learning to address the rising concern on education in the country. The development of a digital university & expansion of the present PM eVidya Scheme from 12 channels to 200 channels will facilitate supplementary learning for all classes from 1 to 12 in regional languages. This will help students to access world class quality education, especially in remote rural areas. Moreover, An innovative and path-breaking initiatives of digital university and One Class One TV Channel was a much needed scheme to help overcome the loss of learning due to the pandemic. This much required shift to the digital learning will accelerate the growth of ed-tech companies and will fuel growth within the sector.
P.C. Chhabra, Executive Director, Sanskriti University
The Union Budget 2022 has accorded the much-needed importance on digital education and also on enhancing skilling programmes. It is heartening to learn that the finance minister emphasised on the National Skill Qualification Framework. The skilling initiative announced in the budget will explore the untapped potential amongst the Indian youth, boosting their employability with dynamic industry needs. Training teachers to use better in teaching outcomes and equip them with necessary skills is the need of Hour. The Digital Ecosystem for Skilling & Livelihood e-portal provides ease for students to enable the discovery of relevant jobs, entrepreneurial opportunities among citizens. Government will soon roll out 5G telecom service which is the most needed part of the Virtual classes. From opening a Digital University to expanding the reach of the PM e-Vidya programme to more students, the budget is focused on filling the learning Gap.
Dr. Latika, Chaudhary Associate Dean – Outreach & Operations, The Design Village (TDV)
Education sector was one of the most impacted sectors because of the pandemic and we were expecting support from the Government. We were expecting flexible and low interest education loans which is the same as before but we are happy with PM eVidya Scheme and launch of Digital University. E Green University, One Class One TV Channel, Digital University is a good step towards the digital India and training teachers to use better in teaching outcome was a necessary step. 5 Centres of Excellence to be set with an endowment fund of Rs. 250 crore each for Urban Planning courses that would assist in Urban Sector Development, encouragement of academic Institutes and Research and Development will be supported for ambit of Defence Budget. The plus point of this budget is more focussed on digitalisation of education which will strengthen the growth of ed-tech
Dr. Mukesh Kwatra, Founder, Smiling Tree
FM Nirmala Sitharaman in her Budget 2022 speach laid impetus on the importance of digital education and announced a host of measures for the Covid-19 pandemic-hit education sector. ITIs will realign the vocational courses as per the industry requirements. Focus on developing skills in the modern day technology like Artificial Intelligence etc will help in coping up with industry demand. 23 National Tele mental health centres is a good initiative towards the awarness of mental health, will help people to recover from stress and anxiety due to the Pandemic and lockdowns..
It is heartening to see that there is a huge thrust on digital education, development of skills for modern technology, smart agri-education and rural educational reforms. Technology if used prudently in education can have profound positive implications.
Agri-education not only teaches learners how to be farmers, but also helps generate more scientists, nutritionists, biologists and more. A combo of academic knowledge and practical on field farming experiences is extremely beneficial to lay a good foundation for educated farmers and community at large.
Encouraging AI and drone technology is another step in the right direction. Drones can be effectively used in agriculture sector, defense, entertainment, logistics and many more fields.
Nirmal Shah, Co-Founder, Countingwell
We are glad to see the government’s focus on building digital tools and quality content for students. Given that education was one of the worst hit sectors during the pandemic, development of a digital university and expansion of eVidya scheme, along with One Class One TV Channel, will greatly benefit the students to access high quality education.
From the Edtech industry perspective, it brings us into the mainstream, going beyond “had to have it because of Covid”. The impact and benefit of Edtech to the education systems will gain greater visibility with schools and parents, and we expect that to give us great impetus.
Paridhi Khaitan, Managing Director, ProTeen
“The Union Budget 2022’s push for high-quality e-content in regional languages is a very welcome allocation, given that it allows our multilingual youth to thrive and grow in the language they are most familiar with. The proposed e-content delivery and personalized learning will also help dissolve geographical boundaries and make learning more effective, allowing students to learn at their own pace and time. We foresee more students getting equal access to quality education, which, in turn, will push up overall learning outcomes.
The Union Budget 2022 today further reiterated that the path to India’s economic recovery also lies with India’s student community. The Budget’s blueprint for skilling programs through ITIs and the new digital DESH e-portal will help deliver the most vulnerable students from losing out on employment opportunities and will reduce the skill gap to a great extent.
The Budget’s positive schemes are indeed commendable, and we hope to see them transform our education sector and our nation into a much larger global superpower.”
Pratham Barot, Co-Founder and CEO, Zell Education
With the rise in online education and the constant need to upskill, the government’s decision to provide international education for courses in financial management and fin-tech is truly a game changer. India today faces a major talent gap when it comes to qualified finance professionals. With the constant increase in demand for such professionals, this announcement will allow Indian students to study international courses in a more centralised and efficient manner. This is a win win for both companies and students as pursuing these courses will also allow students to have higher earning potential post graduation to kickstart their career with the right education to make them job ready.
Divya Tej Periera, Founder, Tutrrd
It is very promising to see that education has found a prominent place in this years budget. The government’s decision to introduce a digital university with an aim to provide quality e-content is definitely a forward looking proposition aligned with improving learning and teaching methods during the second year of the pandemic. Also the union budget’s introduction to provide digital training for teachers while focusing on personalisation by using the hub and spoke method will definitely be a game changer in the learning methods for students. This is a significant move for the edtech industry as it pushes it towards Edtech 3.0. With digital education being the core of the conversation this year, edtechs that provide personalised learning to students to be better equipped will only help boost this vision that has been laid down in this budget. Additionally the PM’s eVidya program which is set to provide supplementary education in regional languages will sure be instrumental in contributing towards the major government priority of inclusive development of the country’s education sector.
Dr. Sridhar G., Founder, Deeksha
Increased focus on delivering education in regional languages will help improve learning outcomes by overcoming the language barrier. The pandemic has brought out the need of using technology to curate content to individually fit student’s learning needs and the government’s focus on delivering personalized learning at the doorstep is a step towards that. Increased focus on technical skills in ITIs will help promote employability of students and further put India on the world map as the hub of engineering excellence. In addition to this, the opening of a digital university will not only improve access towards higher education learning in India, it will also improve access of international students to Indian education.
Mohit Marwah, Co – founder and Co – CEO, AAFT Online
This year’s Union Budget has focused primarily on innovation and skills development, therefore it has become even more important for the students. The Union budget announces that a digital university will be established to provide access to students across the country for world-class universal education with a personalized learning experience at their doorsteps. This will be made available in different Indian languages which is a promising step for online education to stay afloat knowing that the pandemic has been rather a mixed bag for the education sector. On the second part, High-quality e-content in all spoken languages is an added advantage which will be developed for transmission via the internet, mobile phones, television, radio, and digital teachers in the second half. As a result, a competitive mechanism for teachers to generate high-quality e-content will be established, empowering and equipping them with digital teaching tools and facilitating higher learning outcomes.
We believe that, with the future of education being hybrid, edtech companies like ours can be great allies of the government and the education ecosystem as a whole. Technological innovations can magnify government spending by a factor of ten and speed up the implementation of NEP goals, including tracking and improving students’ learning outcomes and overall progress. The goal is to upskill students in all aspects of their lives through innovative and creative courses.
Krishna Kumar, Founder and CEO, Simplilearn
The global pandemic forced the closure of educational institutions which led to a huge loss of learning for children in the rural areas. The government’s decision to launch Digital DESH e-portal for the skilling, reskilling and upskilling of the youth is definitely a great incentive keeping in mind the importance of upskilling and reskilling in the present scenario. Another highlight of the Union Budget 2022 is the setting up of a Digital University to provide access to students for world-class quality education with ISTE Standards. This is going to drive a huge change in the lives of the students across the country. The initiatives announced by the Government of India today will pave the way for building a workforce that will be skilled and ahead of the curve in their respective professions.
Narayan Mahadevan, Founder, BridgeLabz
The budgetary allocation this year emphasises on the needs of skilling, reskilling and upskilling citizens. Considering the situation of the last couple of years which greatly impacted the job pool and led to the declining job opportunities leaving the employable workforce jobless, this years’ union budget focused on creating 60 lakhs jobs . Hence, by prioritizing skilling and reorienting skilling programs the government will give an immense boost to the youth of the country to get back to work. I wish the government had definitive plans to accomplish the same and even encourage such platforms that work towards skilling from the perspective of employability and create business models on successful employment.
Nikhil Barshikar, Founder and MD of Imarticus Learning
Path-breaking initiatives such as digital DESH e-portal, digital university and e-content portal for teachers serve to provide comfort on the acceptance of EdTech by the government and the regulatory bodies. We are pleased with the way Budget 2022 has focused on leveraging technology to drive deeper penetration into the market and breaking barriers to provide access to top-quality education to the masses. We expect EdTech businesses catering to customers in the Tier-II and lower cities to gain significant momentum in the coming years. Education is one of the key pillars of growth and youth upskilling is a major contributing factor. With technology playing a key role in the growth of various sectors, the availability of a skilled workforce will be critical. This provides significant tailwinds to opportunities in the technology upskilling space. Additionally, the focus on agricultural upskilling has given rise to a new opportunity for all the non-technology skilling players in the market.
Sidharth Agarwal, Director, Spectrum Talent Management
As per today’s budget announcement by the FM, there will be creation of 60 Lac new jobs. Using a capital investment approach to do so and not making much alterations would work considering how well the corporate sector is doing. Taking in account the last 2 years of pandemic which has been difficult for all, there wasn’t much for the salaried class/middle class. However, if I must say so, the goal is to improve things through infrastructure investment and by not putting money directly in the hands of the consumers. Introducing Desh Stack e-portal should be a help in creating and stimulating the environment for skill development. In the last year’s budget NAPS was the fourth pillar and now, announcing Desh Stack is a step in the right direction.
Dr. Neelima Kamrah, Principal of KIIT World School Gurugram
Union Budget 2022 has given the education system to nourish all the children while sitting at home in this COVID era, launching of eVidya for school children will bridge the education gap. This will make the education sector back to work again through digital learning and the establishment of a digital university, giving students an opportunity towards skill development as well. The launch of the digital university under the PM scheme will make the young generation access world-class quality education and this will make students make their careers stronger and better. The skill development program will help our youth to enhance their skills and make their name in their field. The budget has opened up the door for Women under the scheme Mission Shakti, Mission Vatsalya, and Mission Anganwadi giving opportunities for women to skill and get financially stable.
Himanshu Gautam, Co-founder and CEO, Safalta Education Pvt Ltd.
The 2022 budget’s approach on aligning education with employability resonates with our vision. The National skill qualification framework will be of great help for right kind of talent creation for actual industry needs, on which Safalta contributes through its skill courses. We also aim to contribute to the government’s vision of providing supplementary education in regional languages for students of class 9-12th. Safalta provides affordable, high-quality education through vernacular pedagogy for students of semi urban and rural India. Our commitment of creating an outcome-based learning Platform leading to employment will be magnified by the government’s push on creating a digital ecosystem through setting up of a digital university and DESH portal. We welcome the FM’s announcement to extend the period of co-operation up to 31st March’23 for tax incentive of Start-ups.
Basil Ali, Co-Founder & COO, Edumpus
The Union Budget 2022 is a positive one with a key focus on bridging the gap induced by the pandemic through the right infrastructure for digital education. It is also a demonstration of strong commitment to a digital future. Initiatives like the Digital University and the Digital DESH-Stack skilling e-portal will strengthen the education ecosystem in the country and will provide students with better prospects. The golden opportunity given to world class universities to offer finance, science and technology related courses in the Gujarat International Finance Tec (GIFT) city brings the necessary global exposure to Indian students, building their Glo-cal outlook.
Sudarshan Suchi, CEO, Save the Children
“It’s encouraging to see recognition of gap in learning outcomes and devising part strategy to combat learning loss enhanced due to the pandemic. Steps like supplementary teaching and continued focus on One Class One TV through PM e-Vidya expanding to 200 channels with a dedicated focus on regional languages for classes up to 12th can make a big difference, ensuring recovery of learning
loss. This initiative needs to be complemented by Safe Back to School and face to face quality education. It is critical the initiative reaches the most marginalized children having limited access to technology. Simultaneously, aligning NSQF with industrial needs must also focus on skilling for development professionals including frontline workforce such as AWWs (with special focus on FLN skills), Healthcare and Child Protection Workforce for effective service delivery for the most marginalised children. However, there is no specific budget allocation for Early Childhood Education (ECE). Save the children demands specific allocation ranging between 1.5 to 2.2% of GDP for ECE.