Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal said the new national education policy will lay the foundations to ensure equality and quality in the sector.
The new policy, approved by the Union Cabinet last year, replaced the 34-year-old National Education Policy established in 1986.
“There is no saffronization of education. Those who claim this do not have a correct definition of saffronization. Yes, we respect our mother tongue, but are there countries like Israel and Japan that offer education in their language behind the others?” The Minister replied. of Pokhriyal Education. to a question at the Indian economic conclave.
Classes up to the fifth year in the mother tongue or national language, reduced use of board examinations, a single supervisory authority for institutions of higher education except universities of law and medicine, and common admission tests for universities are part of the new National Education Policy.
“English is not knowledge, it is just a language. When today 14 universities teach Sanskrit in Germany, no one asks about them. If we do the same, there are reports of saffranization,” said the minister.
“No language is imposed on anyone. We have introduced an excellent new education policy that guarantees equality, quality and access in the education sector,” Pokhriyal said.
One of the main characteristics of the new NEP is the replacement of the 10 2 structure of the school curriculum by a 5 3 3 4 structure, which corresponds to age groups 3-8, 8-11, 11-14 and 14-18. . years, with M. will be eliminated. Phil’s programs and the implementation of common standards for public and private institutions of higher education.
The policy aims to pave the way for transformative reforms in the school and university systems to make India a global knowledge superpower.