NEW DELHI: Aiming to transform the education system in India from the basic to higher, the government will discuss the draft of the “New Education Policy” (NEP) soon after the results of state elections are announced. The draft of NEP would be put forward before the cabinet and after its approval; it is likely to be rolle doubt soon for execution. Earlier, during the campaign of 2014 polls, BJP had promised to upgrade the education system in the country so that it is in accordance with the need of the time.
The government had set up a panel headed by former head of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), K Kasturirangan. The term of the panel has been extended four times. Some of the prominent members of Kasturirangan panel comprised of prominent academicians such as Vasudha Kamat, K M Tripathy, MK Shridhar and Mazhar Asif, Fields Medal winning mathematician Manjul Bhargava, Vice-Chancellor of Tribal University, Amarkantak, TV Kattamani.
Interestingly, the incumbent government had also set up a panel for the same purpose headed by former cabinet secretary T S R Subramanian. This particular panel was formed by then HRD minister Smriti Irani. The committee headed by Subramanian had submitted its report in 2016. However, after the constitution of Kasturirangan panel, the government stated that they would use the report of Subramanian committee as inputs for preparing the new one.
It was in 1986 that the country’s national policy on education was framed and later on modifications were made in it in 1992.
Objective of New Education Policy
Recently, Union Minister of Human Resource and Development, Prakash Javadekar had said while addressing the media persons that the NEP will give new direction to the education system between 2020 and 2040. Speaking about the New Education Policy, former UGC member Inder Mohan Kapahy had stated,”
The new national policy should incorporate the positive elements which have emerged during the last three decades.” He added currently, it is imperative to work towards capacity building, impart quality education, focus on research and innovation as well as application of acquired knowledge.