It has been almost three decades since the last education policy was launched in the country. Since 1982, when the last new education policy (NEP) came into effect, it was modified for the first time in 1992 and since then has been revised time and again.
The new education policy, which the BJP-led central government hopes to implement, has already been submitted to the Human Resource and Development (HRD) Ministry by the T.S.R Subramanian committee. The committee had been entrusted with the job of coming up with recommendations for NEP.
The basic aim to implement the NEP is to revitalize the education system of the country which has grown in humongous proportions since independence. In fact, India can boast of having one of the largest and youngest population in the world. However, reforms in the education sector have not been able to keep up with the growing demand of the burgeoning student population. Indian fares relatively poor when it comes to the education sector.
The government has, time and again, tried to come up with solutions to eradicate the menaces plaguing the education sector. The most notable of them being the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009, which introduced article 21-A into the Indian constitution. However, conditions have hardly been improved even after the incorporation of the act. In fact, 95.2 percent of the schools in the country are still to comply completely with the RTE norms, according to a survey conducted in 2010.
The NEP is a move in order to make amends to these alarming disproportionality which still inflict the education of our country. However, the content of the NEP is still kept under wraps with news that the government may revise the entire draft of the education policy from scratch.
This may be due to allegations of saffronization and other lacunas which, according to the experts, had not been introduced in the policy.
It is pertinent to note that the BJP-led government has never shied from showing its penchant towards what it calls values associated with the ancient Indian culture. The HRD minister, Prakash Javadekar has met the RSS supremo and other notable members time and again to discuss the NEP and receive inputs. But even as the government plans to scrap and revise the entire draft of the NEP, sources have suggested that the draft for NEP would be put out for review by general public before completing the final draft.