New education policy launch delayed as HRD formulates new committee

Slated to be announced formally after November 10, the Union HRD Ministry has schemed the formation of a fresh committee to develop the new education policy. The committee will be headed by an educationist, as hinted by a senior ministry official.

This also implies that the TSR Subramanian-led committee, which was formed to propose and formulate the new education policy by former HRD minister Smriti Irani, would be done away with entirely. The new committee would, instead, prepare the final draft of the new education policy.

TSR Subramanian, who is a former cabinet secretary and a 1961 batch Uttar Pradesh Cadre Indian Administrative Service officer, has held diverse positions in Indian Administration including that of the post of Secretary in the Ministry of Textiles. The committee presented its report in May, proposing a set of measures that the country ought to take to ameliorate the sector that accommodates over 300 million students.

State governments and ministries have sent their views and suggestions which the new committee will look into, along with the report by the Subramanian led-committee. HRD minister Prakash Javadekar has requested the presence of MPs for a daylong workshop on November 10 to get their inputs on the new policy. He remains positive that the new education policy will be implemented by next year.

The Narendra Modi government wants to formulate the detention policy in schools, which is being considered as one of the prime factors of decline in quality of education in the country, sources revealed earlier this week. The Subramanian committee, however, holds a different stand and has recommended a strict no detention strategy for children up to the age of eleven and till one has completed Class V. These are subject to the provision of remedial coaching and at least two extra chances should be offered to prove his or her capability to move to a higher class, mentioned the Subramanian committee.

The 64th meeting of the Central Advisory Board of Education was presided by Javadekar on Tuesday. State education ministers participated in the meeting to discuss the scheme and strategy of the new education policy and also reevaluate the no-detention policy in schools. The CABE subcommittee, too, has expressed its distaste for the no-detention policy and has suggested that it be done away with for the betterment of the education sector.

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