National education policy awaits implementation by the HRD ministry

While the Committee for evolution of a national education policy has submitted its report to human resource development ministry, it further remains to be seen that within how much time period it would actually be put into action


New Delhi: The Committee for the evolution of a National Education Policy has submitted the report containing its recommendations to the Ministry of HRD. The policy draft has already been through intense deliberations and public consultations over the period of 9 months in 2015.

Committee constituted by the government of India comprised of Mr T S R Subramanian, former Cabinet Secretary as the Chairman and Mrs Shailaja Chandra, former Chief Secretary, NCT of Delhi, Mr Sevaram Sharma, former Home Secretary, NCT of Delhi, Mr Sudhir Mankad, former Chief Secretary, Gujarat & Prof J S Rajput, former Director, NCERT as its members.

The Committee during its tenure examined the large body of outcome documents, recommendations and suggestions received from the various consultations. The Committee also had several meetings with various stakeholders and held regional consultations as well as undertaken field visits to educational institutions.

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India had undertaken a consultation process for framing a New Education Policy (NEP). The process included online, grassroots and national level thematic deliberations on 33 themes.

education1The online consultations on  portal were held from January 26, 2015 to October 31, 2015 and over 29,000 suggestions were received. 
The bottom-up consultative process across nearly all Gram Panchayats, Blocks, Urban Local Bodies and districts of all 36 States/Union Territories was undertaken between May to October, 2015. Thematic consultations were conducted both by the Ministry and also by the institutions like University Grants Commission, All India Council for Technical Education, National Council for Teacher Education, National Council for Educational Research and Training and several centrally funded universities and institutions, autonomous bodies, attached offices.

Also, all relevant stakeholders including experts, academics, industry representatives and civil society were invited for deliberations  on the individual themes during July-October, 2015. Six zonal meetings were held by the Minister of Human Resource Development in Eastern, Central, North-Eastern, Western, Southern and Northern Zones covering all States and UTs in September-October 2015.