In the educational and health sector, the Government of Sikkim has introduced a large number of incentives and some very innovative programmes with long term goals to shore up quality human capital in the state. Sikkim is the first State in the country to allocate 30 percent of its Annual Plan in education sector since 1994.
The core sectors of education and health has received our topmost attention, says the Hon’ble Chief Minister.
With this vision of the Hon’ble Chief Minister for producing capable and skilled human resources from Sikkim, the Government of Sikkim has been since 1994 investing 20 percent of the total Annual Outlay for the education sector. Perhaps no other State can make such huge investment for their students.
We want to make Sikkim the best State in education and provide our children good education so they can live a quality life, says the Hon’ble Chief Minister. The result has been evident with the literacy rate 56 percent in 1993-94 swelling to over 82 percent at present.
Recently from 2013-14, the Government of Sikkim has earmarked additional 10 percent of the Annual Outlay to sponsor Sikkimese youths for coaching in reputed institutes for IAS and allied services, banking, defense services, etc. This adds up another 10 percent meaning the Government of Sikkim has allotted 30 percent of its Annual Outlay in education sector alone. Sikkim is the first State to allocate such huge budgetary provisions in education sector.
Among all States, Sikkim has one of the best teacher-student ratios which is 1:14. The Government of Sikkim is all geared up to make Sikkim a total literate State by 2015. Sikkim will then be the second fully literate State in the nation after Kerela.
Date Published: 2016-03-10