The key recommendation of the committee on National Education Policy, which submitted its report to the HRD ministry recently, is the creation of an All India Education Service. Other changes in the policy may range from pedagogy to structural changes.
It was in the 1980s that an all-India education service was first proposed by the then Education Secretary Anil Bordia. Later, Kapil Sibal, that time HRD Minister, was in favour of the concept but failed to implement it. Thematic consultations were held by HRD ministry, 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 and attached offices.
This time, the committee consisted of T S R Subramanian, former Cabinet Secretary as the Chairperson and Shailaja Chandra, former Chief Secretary, NCT of Delhi, Sevaram Sharma, former Home Secretary, NCT of Delhi, Sudhir Mankad, former Chief Secretary, Gujarat and J S Rajput, former Director, NCERT.