The New Education Policy (NEP) has refused to shy away from limelight. Every day or two, something new, controversially stirring, academically interesting and in common parlance irrelevant comes up with respect to it which may or may not stir the hornet’s nest.
After attracting much attention by inviting common public’s views for the formulation of the policy, under Smriti Irani, the previous education minister, the NEP has once more caught the attention of public in form of announcement by the incumbent Human Resource and Development(HRD) minister Prakash Javadekar.
It is expected that the HRD minister is planning to organize a workshop for all and any member of parliament to offer suggestions which may be used to implement the NEP. Earlier it had been agreed that the session would be organized in September. However, there are plethora of impediments in this regard, most important of which it seems is to bring the MP’s under common roof at the same time, which may further shift the occasion to October. This question becomes especially pertinent in the wake of the fact that the present Lok Sabha is not in session, which in turn means that the MP’s might be tending to their own constituencies.
Commenting on this, an informed source quoted to The Hindu, “MPs are not in the capital when Parliament is not in session. So, their comfort will also be taken into account,”
Earlier Jairam Ramesh, a Congress Leader and ex- minister of Rural Development had expressed reservations and stressed on the importance of including the views of members of parliament on board when something as crucial as education policy itself was in question. It has been noted that due to time constraints, not many MP’s had been able to express their concerns on the NEP.
The NEP is not free from blemishes. It has been under attack from different groups on allegations of saffronization, a pseudonym which has refused to abdicate the central government’s tarnished rhetorical of adhering to the whims of Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh(RSS).
However, the central government has sought comments from MP’s on a 40-page text uploaded on the HRD ministry’s website to gather inputs for the formulation of the policy.
According to some sources, many MP’s have already sent their reply. This consultation from the nominees of the citizens comes apart from the confabs of the private citizens on same policy, which had been sought earlier and was also one-of- its-kind- step in policy formulation.
The novel approach of garnering feedback from contemporaries and the common public alike is widely hailed as a positive step towards a program which is of concern to every individual of the nation.