Post-budget reaction from Mr. Shishir Dixit, MD, Centurion Education Pvt. Ltd

National, February 02, 2022: The education sector, which is the cornerstone of progressive economies, expects structural reforms in every budget session. Undoubtedly, the government is working on improving digital learning, but there is a pressing need to strengthen the connectivity issues of the rural and underprivileged areas first. The government’s commitment to provide supplementary teaching and establish a resilience mechanism for imparting education is commendable, however, this is a long-term process. Furthermore, considering the prevailing crisis caused by the global pandemic, there is an urgent need to exempt students from the existing 18 percent GST rate thereby easing the route to private education. Moreover, establishing a Digital University is a time-consuming process, thus, the government could have provided a reduction in internet charges to boost connectivity as an immediate response. Additionally, more efforts could have been put into action to provide relaxation to students preparing for competitive exams thereby reducing the unemployment graph of the country.