K. Kasturirangan to head panel on National Education Policy

The ministry of human resource development has set up a new committee to make the final draft on the National Education Policy (NEP) on Monday. The nine-member panel is to be chaired by former ISRO chief and Padma Vibhushan awardee K Kasturirangan.

The other members of the committee are: Dr. Vasudha Kamat, Shri K.J. Alphonse, Dr. Manjul Bhargava, Dr Ram Shankar Kureel, Dr. T.V.Kattimani , Shri Krishna Mohan Tripathy, Dr. Mazhar Asif  Dr. M.K.Shridhar.

According to a statement from the ministry, “The council will start its work with immediate effect. In an exhaustive exercise carried for last 30 months, the HRD ministry has received thousands of suggestions from educationists, teachers, experts, students and other stakeholders from across the country.”

Timeline of NEP

  • The NEP is a policy formulated by the Government of India to promote education amongst India’s people. The policy covers elementary education to college education in both rural and urban India.
  • The first NEP was promulgated in 1968 by the Indira Gandhi government, and the second by the Rajiv Gandhi government in 1986. The 1986 National Policy on Education was modified in 1992 by the PV Narasimha Rao government.
  • Modi-government in July 27, 2015 had initiated the consultation process of formulating a new education policy, when Smriti Irani was the HRD minister. A committee under the chairperson T S R Subramanium was constituted on October 31, 2015.
  • On October 1, 2016 the MHRD released the draft of NEP 2016 and suggestions were invited from the public based on the report submitted to the ministry on April 30, 2016. The policy was focussed at addressing gender discrimination, creation of educational tribunals, and a common curriculum for Science, Mathematics and English, but the recommendations never saw the light of the day.

Functions of NEP

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  • The council will start its work from immediate effect. In an exhaustive democratic exercise carried for last 30 months the HRD ministry has received thousands of suggestions from, educationists, teachers, experts, students and other stakeholders from across the country.
  • Consultations were held at Tehsil, district and state level. Regional conferences were organized where state governments have given their detailed opinion.
  • Rajya Sabha debated the issues and a special education dialogue was organized in which 48 MPs from all parties participated. Many MPs have given their views in writing.
  • On MyGov platform 26, 000 people gave their views online. TSR Subramaniam committee has given its detailed input. All these suggestions and inputs will be considered by the committee.
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