The Chandigarh Education Department had initially submitted its proposal to the Ministry of Human Resource Development on November 2. HRD ministry, however sent it back to the UT, with Minister Smriti Irani’s directive that MP Kirron Kher’s suggestions are required to be incorporated. So now MP Kirron Kher has sent the recommendations to the UT Education Department as inputs for the new education policy.
In the recommendations, she has asked that ‘peace education’ should be made part of school curriculum and that students should be taught to celebrate the religious and cultural diversity of India. She has asked to set up peace clubs and libraries in schools and supplementary reading material to be made available to further promote peace skills. Further, she has suggested that a pool of films and documentaries that promote values of justice and peace should also be screened in schools.
For promotion of Indian languages, she has suggested that mother tongues should be made part of the Indian education system, as focus on English languages only will lead to extinction of Indian languages. She also advocated for senior and secondary education classes on menstrual hygiene management and that schools should abolish the stigma about such issues.
In a long list of recommendations for the planned New Education Policy, while emphasizing over the fact that Chandigarh is amongst one of the leading cities in the country in terms of its gross enrollment ratio (GER), she has suggested that Chandigarh’s PPP model for higher education should be replicated and scaled across India.
Keeping in mind the improvement of GER, she has suggested that higher educational institutes should offer a wide variety of evening/night courses so that the students who work to support their families can also avail these courses. Likewise the models of states like Tamil Nadu and Bihar, Kher has also said that in order to encourage girls to study more, schools should give access to facilities like bicycles to the girl students.
Even the schools have been recommended to organize activities to promote India’s religious and cultural activities and Human Rights Day, Girl Child Day, Environment Day etc. When asked to elaborate on these proposals, the BJP MP declined comment, stating that she had handed over the proposals for the education policy to the administration and it was now up to them to look into the implementation part of it.