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Saturday, March 03, 2007

Post Budget Satisfaction

Sometimes, I think one should pat one's own back. In a way, I tried my bit towards understanding the state of mind of Manmohan Singh on the Quota issue, I remarked that he was making way for a larger allocation from the Budget towards Education Sector which generally becomes a difficult thing - given immense pressure from Corporates who always seem to like to have a pie from the Government. I am glad that the FM has done precisely what I was expecting. A 34% increase in the Education Sector. Be it OBC Quota or whatever - almost one lakh scholarships offered to students (who cares from which section they belong!) - that's a good sign indeed.

One interesting announcement was the 30 crore special allocation for Gandhian Studies which surprised me. Read this report. Apart from this there is about a 700 crore+ announcement for e-Governance Initiative. All these allocations, I believe must be of interest to students - since, given that we talk of Citizen Initiatives of late, these are places where they may focus on ensuring a better manner of spending it. How? , you may ask. Very well, I suppose, RTI might be a help, but your own coursework might help! For instance, e-Governance projects in India still do not use Open Source Software and Free Softwares. With the help of your interest in Open Source Softwares - you might as well get to learn what happens with the implementation of such projects - if you are interested. Some food for thought?

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Blogger mythalez said...

implementation of e-governance projs are much much more important than how they r developed :P

Saturday, March 03, 2007 6:31:00 AM  
Blogger agastyabhrata said...

@mythalez

That comment requires appreciation. What you say seems to be the current focus. Is that the only approach for quick mass scale deployment? What are the opportunity costs? Things like these become interesting questions.

One could talk of OSS being difficult means for e-Gov projects considering the e-Readiness quotient of people in the country.

But then, I would still look forward to seeing how well we can use OSS for e-Gov purposes. Let me leave further matters for a wider discussion.

Saturday, March 03, 2007 7:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Karan said...

I guess the allotment to education was decent the last time around too.. But the actual amount used was less than what even the NDA government spnt towards the sector!

Saturday, March 03, 2007 2:29:00 PM  
Blogger agastyabhrata said...

Allocation of funds and their being spent are entirely two different tasks. Spending the allocations to fruition decides the success of a Government Policy.

There cannot be a denial of the fact that this time the funding has increased for Education Sector, which is a new trend that we are seeing. Be it the allocation of 100 crores for R&D at IISc last time or the 1 Lakh scholarships this time.
I'd be glad to see it progress.

I'd better not comment on how the allocation gets spent as of now. All I would have to say would be if you see a scope of seeing it well spent - which can happen in myriad ways - then do be open to it!

Saturday, March 03, 2007 7:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

chk the hyperlink.

Saturday, March 03, 2007 8:27:00 PM  
Blogger agastyabhrata said...

@Anon.

Thanks. Now the hyperlink should work.

Sunday, March 04, 2007 3:48:00 AM  

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