BJP’s student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has submitted 20-point charter to Union Minister for Human Resource Development Smriti Irani as suggestions for the New Education Policy (NEP) in the making. The ABVP has asked to link the college degrees with Aadhaar Cards to put an end to all the illegal practices that takes place while granting degrees to the students.
Details of the 20 point agenda – In order to give importance to our very own mother languages, Hindi and Sanskrit it should be used as a medium of teaching in all universities. To adopt internationalism in higher education by including Ayurveda, Sanskrit, spirituality, and yoga. To encourage the foreign students to seek admission so as to learn about our traditional old languages.
Other major suggestions made by the students’ body included new support systems such as vocational internship, grievance redressal cells, career guidance cells, and measures to help under-privileged students through schemes like ‘earn-while-you-learn’ programmes. Representatives of the body demanded that scholarships be made target-based so as they are distributed according to merit as well as need.
Saurabh Sharma, joint secretary of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) said that we have demanded a number of things from the minister such as revamping the state universities so that credible education can be provided at the undergraduate level and thus out-migration of students to such centres as Delhi, Hyderabad and Kolkata can be stopped. The ABVP suggested that a State University Rejuvenation Fund be created in this respect.
The minister gave the delegation a patient hearing and agreed to forward these suggestions to the committee looking into the framing of the education policy.
Another significant suggestion ABVP made while appreciating the NAAC ranking of institutions was to make it mandatory and then to link it with the ‘Know Your College’ programme so as to help students to choose a suitable college.
The National education Policy (NEP) was framed in 1986 and first modified in 1992. The Narendra Modi government is now working on a new NEP to ‘meet the changing dynamics of the population’s requirement with regards to quality education, innovation, and research’. For the first time, the government has embarked on a grassroots consultative process to enable the MHRD to reach out to people across the country through over 2.75 lakh direct consultations while also taking inputs from citizens online.