Since Prakash Javadekar took over the charge of Union Minister of Human Resource & Development, there was not witnessed any such happenings in the upcoming National Education Policy proposed by Mrs. Smriti Irani. However, as per the latest announcement made by Mr. Javadekar, the government is all set to announce and form a committee headed by an eminent educationist in the upcoming 10 days. Also they would be given 6 months’ time to prepare the draft of the National Education Policy.
With the formation of the new committee, this does not mean that the recommendations of TSR Subramanian committee will not be considered. They too will be used as an “input”. The ministry has already held comprehensive discussions with all the stakeholders including the states, educational institutes, parliamentarians and experts. The suggestions have been received from all stakeholders and are being scrutinized. Seeing those and seeing the relevance of the time, they will come up with a policy statement and they will also come out with many annexures.
The reason thus quoted by the minster behind why the education policy is taking so much time is that when revising the national education policy, you are thinking of a generation after 30 years. It is expected that the whole exercise gets completed in the next six months after which it will be placed before the Cabinet for approval.
The government would like to bring out a policy which will meet the changing dynamics of the requirements with regard 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.
The names of the persons to be thus included are in the process, not yet finalized because the ministry also has to ask them whether they are ready as they will have to work for three to four months. They will essentially be academics but there can be people from other streams also. Earlier during the reign of former minister Smriti Irani over the Ministry of Human Resource and Development, the T S R Subramanian committee was formed and was entrusted with the responsibility of preparing a new draft education policy. It submitted the report to the government in May suggesting measures to strengthen the sector that caters to over 300 million students. However, government decided to have more consultations and use it as an “input” for the future draft and not as a final draft report.
Commenting upon why TSR Subramanian’s committee’s draft policy is not being made public by the government, Javadekar said he was only working on evolution of a national education policy.
Noting that the education policy was framed in 1986 and modified in 1992, he said since then several changes have taken place that call for a revision.