With the BJP government completing its second year, all are waiting anxiously for the new education policy. Putting everyone at rest, the HRD Minister Smriti Irani announced few important policies which would be given priority in the education policy for this year. She laid special focus on the ‘Unnat Bharat Abhiyaan’, the programme started by the government to spread technical education. Under the programme, ITs, IIMs and central universities have adopted five villages in 90 districts across the country to boost education and technical know-how.
For 2016, some of the other essential policies which shall be implemented and few which needs changes were suggested by Smriti Irani recently:
- NCERT to address all challenges facing the education system of the country. More stress would be added to teach kids about our national heroes who laid down their lives for the nation.
- Reviewing the ‘No Detention policy’. With this policy being implemented by the UPA government, many of the students find it difficult to cope in higher classes, which is a concern.
- Implementing ‘Swayam’ to provide free online education to children for classes 9 to 12, including Board examinations. This would be with the help of IITs, IIMs, Central Universities, NITs and few Private Universities. ‘Swayam’ would altogether be a new initiative, especially for the upliftment of the poor students. It is planned to be started within two months.
- MoUs being signed with MIT in the USA and Stanford University for improving syllabi in NITs, besides creating a separate cadre for teacher trainers.
- The government has roped in a very experienced professor from IIT Kanpur (H C Verma), to undertake training exercises at government schools in Uttar Pradesh to promote interest in science.