New Education Policy: HRD gets final report

For the evolution of the New Education Policy, a government-appointed committee headed by former Cabinet Secretary T S R Subramanian has submitted its report to HRD Ministry. On April 24, 2016 BJP’s student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has submitted 20-point charter to Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani as suggestions for the New Education Policy (NEP) in the making.

For the first time, the Government of India is embarking on a time-bound grassroots consultative process, which will enable the Ministry of HRD to reach out to individuals across the country through over 2.75 lakh direct consultations while also taking input from citizens online. Meetings have apparently been held in 94,000 villages across the country and more than 1.1 lakh written suggestions are being screened and processed.

Several Missed deadlines

The Committee, after examining a large body of outcome documents, recommendations and suggestions received, has submitted the report containing its recommendations to the HRD Ministry of HR. They also had several meetings with various stakeholders and undertook field visits to educational institutions. In the namesake of feedback, public grievances from countrywide consultations on the New Education Policy (NEP) have been received but the five-member draft committee that was to submit its draft report by December 2015 which was not submitted even till last few weeks.

Team members

Till three weeks ago, the committee was busy meeting individual stakeholders seeking opinion on NEP. The committee has so far missed three deadlines and is expected to take a few more months, before finalizing the draft. Apart from Subramanian, former Chief Secretary of Delhi government Shailaja Chandra, former Home Secretary, Delhi government Sevaram Sharma, former Chief Secretary, Gujarat Sudhir Mankad and former Director, NCERT J S Rajput, were members of the panel.

History of National Policy on Education

The National Policy on Education was framed in 1986 and modified in 1992. Since then, several changes have taken place that calls for a revision of the policy. The Government of India would like to bring out a National Education Policy to meet the changing dynamics of the population’s requirement with regards to quality education, innovation and research, aiming to make India a knowledge superpower by equipping its students with the necessary skills and knowledge and to eliminate the shortage of manpower in science, technology, academics and industry.

Be part of the battle called New Education policy

In the upcoming few months, the biggest battle will going to be fought over the National Education Policy or simply putting, Education. While controversy’s favourite child, HRD Minister Smriti Irani is going to be its face, in the deep background, faceless people are at work. Let’s wait and witness the battle of all battles and many controversies which will follow up soon.

Initiatives so far

From May to October 2015, HRD Ministry took the bottom-up consultative process across nearly all gram panchayats, blocks, urban local bodies and districts of all 36 states and UTs. Thematic consultations were conducted both by the ministry and also by institutions like UGC, AICTE, NCTE, NCERT and several universities and autonomous bodies. Six zonal meetings were held by the HRD Minister in eastern, central, north-eastern, western, southern and northern zones covering all states and UTs in September-October 2015.

As of now the final report has been submitted by the committee, HRD Ministry is expected to roll out the NEP soon.

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