National Education Policy: Deadline To Submit Comments To Be Extended, Says HRD Minister. NEP 2019 has been extended by a month to July 31, 2019

“National Education Policy 2019 Draft is more of a wish-list”

Draft National Education Policy: last day for feedback is now July 31

Updated as on Jul 03, 2019. National Education Policy: Deadline To Submit Comments To Be Extended, Says HRD Minister. The deadline for giving feedback on the draft National Education Policy (NEP) 2019 has been extended by a month to July 31, 2019. The draft NEP 2019 has already been revised once. The first draft had made teaching of Hindi mandatory in the non-Hindi speaking States under a three-language formula. However, the draft was later revised as the plan, seen as imposition of Hindi, led to protests in the south, particularly Tamil Nadu. Read : Draft National education policy 

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, invited for comments and suggestions on the ‘Draft National Education Policy 2019’, which has been shared in public domain. The recommendations shall be accepted till June 30th 2019 after which the draft will be finalized and placed in the parliament.

The draft which is largely being perceived as a positive initiative by the Government and has been welcomed by the academic fraternity however is also seen as a ‘lengthy document’ which ‘lacks clarity and well-thought-out implementation plans’. Since the release of the report on May 31st 2019 evening, the committee that drafted the policy, headed by former ISRO Chief K. Kasturirangan, faced flak from non-Hindi speaking states over the ‘mandatory Hindi language’ clause and had to make one revision already, with the removal of the clause specifying languages and offering flexibility over the choice of languages in schools under the three-language model.

A round table conference was organized by Education Promotion Society for India (EPSI) in on June 18th 2019 where scholars, edupreneurs and academicians across the nation had gathered to share their valuable inputs. Also present among others, were Dr. Sahasrabudhe Chairman AICTE.

Dr. H. Chaturvedi, Alternate President Education Promotion Society for India (EPSI) and Director, BIMTECH welcomed academicians, heads of universities and colleges, senior educationists, educational entrepreneurs, intellectuals, industry leaders and policy makers who participated from across the nation from “Kashmir to Kanyakumari” and stated the objective of the conference held by EPSI which is to seek and collect views and opinions on the “Draft National Education Policy 2019 and submit it to the Government before June 30th 2019.

Dr. G Viswanathan, President EPSI and Founder Chancellor, VIT Vellore, set the tone of the conference, by taking up the lack of clarity under the ‘establishment and foundations’ in the draft with three kinds of institutions classified as Type 1, 2 & 3 essentially supposed to focus on research, teaching and awarding degree, respectively. While he appreciated the idea of removal of regulatory bodies, he raised concern over the term “light but tight” regulations mentioned in the draft.

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“More than a reform policy document, this looks sort of a wish-list. Challenges and problem areas needs to be identified followed by realistic objectives clearly laid down along with implementation plans which can produce tangible results, should be included in Policy documents draft” said Dr. Jitendra K. Das, Director FORE School of Management.

Mr. P K Gupta, Founder & Chairman Sharda University, citing how the capping of fee structure of private medical colleges in Uttar Pradesh is done by the UP Government so as to regulate the annual fee charged by the colleges, stressed further on the ‘controlling and regulatory authorities’. He also mentioned about colleges which could not fill their seats and were forced to shut down due to lack of funds.

Dr. Anil D. Sahasrabudhe, Hon’ble Chairman, AICTE, inviting suggestions for the document ‘which has been drafted almost after 3 decades’ he said that the ‘implementations of the draft should be done in the true spirit of the policy and the vision else all the efforts will be a waste’. He also appealed to all private institution heads, “not to think of the policy as a Government policy, instead a policy owned by all private and government”.

Mr. P. Palanivel, Executive Secretary, EPSI concluded the conference thanking the participants for turning out in such large numbers from across the nation in a short time and sharing the valuable inputs which shall go a long way in framing the draft and making the Indian education system, robust, enhanced and of eminence.

Felicitation ceremony was also organised by EPSI for all the newly elected as Members of Parliament who were educational entrepreneurs and EPSI member:

1. Prof. T R Pachamuthu - Chairman of SRM Group, won for IJK (DMK) in the Loksabha Election 2019 from Perambalur, constituency in Tamil Nadu
2.  Dr. Achyuta  Samanta - Founder Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology who won for BJD in the Loksabha Election 2019 from Kandhamal, constituency in Odisha
3. Dr. S Jagathrakshakan -  President Bharath Institute of Higher Education and Research  of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam won his Loksabha seat from Arakkonam, Tamil Nadu
4. Shri Krishna Devarayalu Lavu - Vice Chairman, Vignan Foundation for Science, Technology & Research of YSR Congress Party YSRCP for Winning from Narasaraopet, Andhra Pradesh

Dr. Achyuta  Samanta, referred to the paradoxical status of ‘Deemed to be University’ assigned to some universities while all parameters remained same as the ones with ‘Deemed University’ status, highlighted the plight of the students and the confusion that prevailed outside the academia. He said that being an elected MP it would be his top most agenda to take this issue of unfair categorisation up and get a resolution at the earliest.   

The Draft National Education Policy 2019 can be accessed HERE.

Campusutra.com welcomes this move by the Government to draft the NEP 2019 and make it open to public for recommendations and suggestions before finalizing the policy. We expect all gaps shall be considered and no stones will remain unturned towards making the education system of India par excellence.

Submitted by Nirmalya Pal (nirmalya@debrin.in)


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