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New education policy draft by year end: Prakash Javadekar

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Prakash Javadekar

Union Human Resources Development (HRD) minister Prakash Javadekar said that the first draft of the new National Education Policy will come out by this year end.

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has appointed a nine-member panel to work on a New Education Policy (NEP) in June this year. Renowned space scientist Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan is the head of the panel.

Besides Kasturirangan, who was the head of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the panel also includes former IAS officer and union tourism minister K J Alphonse Kanamthanam and Fields Medal winning mathematician Manjul Bhargava.

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Alphonse played a key role to achieve 100 percent literacy in Kerala’s Kottayam and Ernakulam districts.

According to reports, vice chancellor of the Baba Saheb Ambedkar University of Social Sciences Ram Shanker Kureel is also part of the panel. Kureel has wide experience in the field of agriculture sciences and management.

Dr M K Shridhar, former member secretary of the Karnataka State Innovation Council, Dr T V Kattimani, an expert on language communication, Dr Mazhar Asif, professor of Persian at Guwahati University, and former director of education, Uttar Pradesh, Krishan Mohan Tripathi are also in the panel. Besides, the committee also comprises Vasudha Kamat, former vice chancellor of Mumbai’s SNDT University.

“They have said that we can have the first draft of the policy by December end…. It will be implemented as soon as possible after it has been debated (in Parliament),” Javadekar said.

Javadekar stated that the new education policy will serve the country for the next 20 years and will be more modern, research-oriented and will produce better citizens.

Before the panel was formed, suggestions were solicited from legislators, students, parents and other stakeholders for almost two and a half years, the minister said.

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