New syllabus to be introduced for all classes

The Education Department will introduce a syllabus equivalentto the one followed by the Central Board of Secondary Education in all classes.

Presenting the annual budget, the Chief Minister said the government had introduced syllabus equivalent to the CBSE in Class 6, 9 and 11 this year. The syllabus would be extended to the remaining classes next year, he said.

In order to equip the students to face NEET, the government proposed to hold coaching classes for additional 750 students.

The department proposed to set up Information Technology laboratories in 30 upper primary schools to make the children learn through 3D animated pictures, strengthening of reading corners, libraries and establishing science corner in primary schools.

Stressing the need for enhancement of farm income, the Chief Minister said the government prepared a strategic action plan to increase the green fodder production in the Union Territory.

The Agriculture Department had been renamed as Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

The government planned to have 364 hectares of land under the fodder cultivation this year to overcome fodder shortage.

Back-ended subsidy

With a view to promoting fodder production, the back-ended subsidy would be enhanced from Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 8,000 an acre. Co-operative institutions would be entrusted with the task of procuring fodder from farmers.

The government had proposed to set up University for Agricultural Sciences covering Pajancoa, Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Veterinary Education and Research and the Krishi Vigyan Kendra.

The government decided to renovate poultry farms at Kariamanickam and Kottucherry.

To provide better treatment to animals, it was proposed to buy two new portable X-ray machines, each one for Puducherry and Karaikal regions. Seventeen portable ultrasound scanner machines would be procured for all dispensaries, the Chief Minister added.

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