While presenting the Interim Budget 2024, the finance minister highlighted that female enrolment in higher education increased by 28 percent and that in STEM courses stands at 43 percent which is one of the highest in the world. The FY 24-25 allocation for the Higher Education Department is marginally increased by ₹3525.15 cr, when compared to the FY 23-24 allocation of ₹44,094.62 cr. The revised estimates for the department stood at ₹57244.48 cr. Overall, the Education Ministry has been allocated ₹1,20,627.87 crwith ₹73,008.10 cr announced as budgetary allocation for the Department of School Education and Literacy (DoSEL).


• Allocation for Statutory and Regulatory Bodies like UGC and AICTE saw a dip from ₹5780 cr in FY 23-24 to ₹2900 cr in FY 24-25.
• Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Tribal Universities did not receive any allocation in this interim budget as opposed to the previous allocation of ₹37.67 cr in FY 23-24.
• National Digital University wasn't allocated any funds in FY 23-24, but has been allocated ₹100 cr in FY24-25.
• Under the student financial aid category, Scholarship for College and University students and the Special Scholarship Scheme for Jammu and Kashmir received no allocation again this year.
Source -Alamy