Dr Santanu Paul, CEO and Managing Director, TalentSprint

“The 2021-22 Union Budget has been a letdown for edtech firms which performed extremely well during the pandemic and were revenue drivers. Platforms promoting hybrid and blended learning will play a pivotal role in accelerating reach in tier 2/3 towns and the government should have taken cognizance of this and provided special incentives. Home-grown edtech firms such as ours make a tremendous contribution to the tech industry in terms of providing job ready talent for future technologies. As an NSE group company, we welcome the allocation of Rs 1500 crore fund for digital payments as this will drive the need for more skilled talent in the fintech sector, and drive employment opportunities"