MHRD to declare new panel this week for drafting New Education Policy

Reportedly the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development in India is likely to declare a new panel that would draft a fresh “Education Policy” for the nation. The decision of setting up a new panel to draft the policy afresh is aligned with the draft report of Former Cabinet Secretary T.S.R. Subramaniam led the committee that was presented a few months back.

In an interview with PTI, the HRD minister Prakash Javadekar said, “We will have a committee headed by an eminent educationist in around ten days….We are discussing some names but we also have to ask them whether they are ready because they will also have to work for three to four months,”

Subramanian describes this decision to be as “not palatable” and he criticizes the Government to be lethargic and not taking the report seriously. He condemned the Government to be non-serious against the critical need for changes that should be on fundamental grounds.

When questioned on the plans related to the New Education Policy, the Union Minister, Javadekar said that the government has a full established worksheet for the progression on the concerned issue and already a lengthy discussion has been done between the primary stakeholders who include educational institutes, experts, and parliamentarians. The suggestion put forth by the Subramanian committee will also be considered, he added.

He settled the buzz by clarifying that the Subramanian committee was mandated to focus on the evolution of the NEP and not to work on the development of the same.

“The English language is very inventive and so are politicians,” said the minister when asked more about the mandate. He said that the final power lies with the Government to interpret the suggestion the way they deem fit. There are 90-100 suggestions in the draft report out of which the most relevant found by the government have been taken under consideration. “I don’t know how else a policy is couched,” he added.

The Subramanian committee was formed under the purview of Former HRD Minister Smriti Irani. The committee was directed to prepare a new draft of Education Policy. The committee submitted its report on May which included the observations as well as the suggestions. The report was not considered as the final draft and thus the Government decided to go for further consideration.

The current Education Policy in power was framed in the year 1986 and it was implemented in full power in 1992.

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