While Ministry of Human Resource and Development is planning to launch all New Education Policy on the national level in the month of February in the year 2016, Odisha State Naveen Patnaik-led BDJ government is all set to come up with its own education policy. There are two ruling parties in the state of Odisha one is Naveen Patnaik-led BDJ government and the other is NDA government at the Centre.
Even the draft policy was made ready on September 7, 2015 by a nine-member state-level committee under the chairmanship of Fakir Mohan University (FMU) vice-chancellor S P Adhikary. The nine-member state-level committee consisted of Directors of higher education and technical education along with academics and administrators from both government and private sectors. As per the government officials “the state draft policy is likely to be ready before the draft national policy, which is expected by the year-end”.
Adhikary was of the view that the state education policy is been created so as to make sure that in all spheres ranging from medical to technical and from schools to post-doctoral studies students are offered quality education. Further he said, “Today’s discussion was a preliminary one. A workshop will be held shortly for wider consultation with all stakeholders including academics, education entrepreneurs and students.” The education policy will be framed keeping in mind all aspects from education in rural areas to the promotion of e-learning. The government is already running several beneficial projects for students from providing free laptops to meritorious ones to providing them basic computer level education training.
As per the views of Adhikary within the next three months it is expected on the part of the committee members that they will give the draft policy its final shape. Further he emphasized that the state policy would be within the broader perspective of the proposed national policy as it would lay much more importance on job creation, research and financial self-reliance of campuses. However, specific needs of the state, keeping in mind the socio-economic and cultural situation of Odisha would be given importance in it.
If the sources are to be beloved 20 major points were discussed in the meeting like generation of the useful resources for colleges and universities, promotion of research and compulsory periodic training of teachers so as to make sure that the students receive quality education. Moreover the committee members also discussed what policies should be implemented so that colleges receives funding from outside funding agencies and corporate bodies through tie-ups so that the institution does not remain dependent only on government
On the basis of the preliminary discussion it was been revealed that the draft policy would recommend a uniform syllabi for various study programmes offered by several institutions. Scholarships in Odisha for students would be wider and more institutionalized.
A member of the committee, however, said he didn’t think there was any political motive from the BJD in bringing in the new policy. “The central policy may not fit into the state’s scheme of things in its entirety. The state policy would be in sync with the Centre’s with some variations to suit state needs,” he said.