HRD seeks NITI Aayog’s nod for final draft of new education policy

Prakash Javadekar, Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister, has said that the Ministry will seek the approval of the Niti Ayog, before bringing out the final draft of the New Education Policy.

The NITI Aayog or the new National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) is the Government of India’s policy think tank founded by Prime Minister Modi. It includes the leaders of India’s 29 states and 7 union territories. It has been tasked with the transformation of India.

“We will hold a workshop of all the MPs on November 10 to discuss education related issues and suggestions received. I welcome everyone who has an expertise in the field,” said Javadekar.

The last discussion on the new Education Policy had lasted for 3 hours. Jairam Ramesh had feted the idea of a workshop. He said that since everyone had a lot to contribute in the issue, the duration of discussion should be longer.

The Ministry is also in touch with Niti Ayog for discussions on the policy. “We are in touch with Niti Ayog and will take a final decision on the education policy only after analysing all the aspects,” Javadekar added.

The New Education Policy, aims to bring in changes in the structure of education in the country from primary to higher education. It was initiated in the tenure of the previous HRD Minister, Smriti Irani.

It however, came under controversy after a number of suggestions made by RSS’s education unit were found to be regressive by educationists.

Javadekar, after assuming the charge of Education Minister started a discussion on the policy once again by inviting suggestions from various political parties and educationists from various states.

The last date of submitting the suggestions was September 30. The Ministry will now go through all the suggestions and a committee headed by educationists will take a final call on it.

Further, talking about his engagements with teachers and students, Javadekar said that the dialogue will go on in future as well and he will continue to review various educational institutions from primary level to higher level education.

The Minister has visited 17 states and various technical and non-technical education institutes and has held review meets with them in his tenure as an HRD Minister in the last three months.

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