New Delhi, November 07: As the time nears for the final draft of the New Education Policy (NEP) to be out, Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said on Wednesday said the NEP will be India-centric and it will be the cornerstone for building a new nation.
“The education policy will be India-centric and so solid and strong that it will prove to be the cornerstone in building a new India,” Pokhriyal said
Coming after 33 years
Saying that the NEP is being brought after a gap of 33 years, the HRD minister said the suggestions for the final draft of the NEP are being taken from various stakeholders, including students, parents, teachers, NGOs and scientists.
“We are at present engaged in the world’s biggest exercise of gathering feedback and suggestions from all the stakeholders, including students, parents, teachers, the common man, politicians, scientists, NGOs, governments before finalising the draft of the new education policy,” he added.
First promulgated in 1968
Covering the education from elementary to college level, the NEP was first promulgated in 1968 by the government of the then prime minister Indira Gandhi and the second by then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1986.
While addressing a gathering at the Lovely Professional University in Phagwara of Punjab, Pokhriyal said that over two lakh suggestions have been so far for the final draft of the NEP and they are being considered with utmost care.
“The world will look up to us and we will invite them to join us in our vision for giving a new direction. India possesses ‘gyan, vigyan, anusandhan, vichar, sanskar’ (knowledge, science, research, ideas and tradition),” he said.
Crucial features of NEP 2019
- Aimed at universalizing the pre-primary education, the NEP will provide foundational literacy/numeracy to all by 2025.
- Once launched, children, as per the NEP, will be able to learn many languages, most quickly between 2-8 years, as multilingualism has great cognitive benefits for students. Hence, the idea of a three-language formula in the NEP has been proposed.
- With the objective to consolidate 800 universities and 40,000 colleges into around 15,000 large, multidisciplinary institutions, a new independent State School Regulatory Authority (SSRA) will be created under the NEP.
- As per the NEP, three types of Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) – Research Universities, Teaching Universities and Autonomous degree-granting colleges – will be introduced.
- The NEP will provide autonomy to all higher education institutions. An Independent Boards with complete academic and administrative autonomy will govern these higher educational institutions.