More than three decades have passed with no changes in the Education policy of the country, as the last policy was made in 1986. Reminding this to the HRD Minister, Smriti Irani, TSR Subramanian, Former Cabinet Secretary has written a 3-page letter to the Minister, to make his panel’s suggestions for Education Policy public.
It has been more than a week, since the new Education Policy has been drafted and deposited to the HRD Minister, by the Subramanian committee, but it has not been made public.
Subramanian, being the Chairperson of the five-member committee had been assigned to draft a new education policy, after collecting feedbacks through grassroots and national-level consultations. Former Chief Secretaries of Delhi and Gujarat, Shailaja Chandra and Sudhir Mankad and ex-NCERT chief, J S Rajput were also members of the panel.
The 200-page report, containing almost 90 suggestions, includes:
- Reinstating detention of students beyond Class V
- Setting up an all-India cadre of educational services on the lines of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS)
- Overhaul of regulators such as the UGC, inculcating values and nationalistic pride in school students
- Compulsory quality audit of all higher education institutions every three years
- Allowing foreign universities to set up campuses in the country in collaboration with Indian institutions, among other things.
According to the Government, the Policy will be made public, after going through the recommendations. However, Subramanian has urged the Government to make the panel’s report public before finalising the policy.