Over 2 lakh suggestions on NEP being examined, says Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal

Over 2 lakh suggestions on NEP being examined, says Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal

New Delhi, November 21: Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said in Rajya Sabha that to come out with a holistic policy, over two lakh suggestions received on the proposed New Education Policy (NEP) are being extensively examined besides widespread consultations with states.

Research and development-oriented policy

New Education Policy will be the first such policy across the globe to be framed after such widespread consultations, the minister replied to a supplementary in the Upper House. He said that it would include modern science, technology and will be research and development-oriented besides being India-centric.

Deep analysis of every feedback

“The NEP drafted by K Kasturirangan has been kept in the public domain. More than two lakh suggestions have been received on the draft NEP. Each suggestion is widely being analysed,” Mr. Pokhriyal has been quoted as saying to a national daily.

Secretaries and experts along with MPs, education ministers and education secretaries of different states are being consulted thoroughly and separately, he said.

“All suggestions have been included in the draft. The new education policy that is coming will be based on the largest consultation in the world. Everyone has been consulted whether students, teachers, public representatives, government, education ministers, bureaucrats and experts,” he told a news daily.

As in the policies of 1968 and 1986, the medium of primary education will be the mother tongue, he said in reply to another supplementary.

“The present policy will follow that primary education should be in the mother tongue. That is more successful,” he said.

The draft of the new NEP has been submitted by a panel led by former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief K Kasturirangan to Mr. Pokhriyal when he took charge.

Mr. Pokhriyal replied to another supplementary saying that the funds are sufficient for IITs and the government will also provide the same whenever required.

“In 2018-19, Rs. 43 crore each was given to these three IITs…IIT Delhi has been given Rs. 50 crore in 2019-20. IIT Mumbai was given Rs. 43 crore which has not been spent. IIT Bangalore has been given Rs. 35 crore more. Money is no dearth,” he told the media.