NEW DELHI: The government of India is in the process of framing a New Education Policy (NEP) for meeting the changing dynamics of the population’s requirement with regard to quality education, innovation and research, aiming to make India a knowledge superpower by equipping its students with the necessary skills and knowledge and to eliminate the shortage of manpower in science, technology, academics and industry, for which wide ranging consultations were undertaken at multiple levels of online, expert/thematic and grassroots from village to state, zonal levels as well as at the all India level.
The government of India is committed to provide equitable access to quality education to all sections of the society. Having nearly reached the goals of universalising elementary education, and making substantial gains in expanding access to secondary and higher education, the focus is on improving the quality of education at all levels.
Recognising the centrality of states both in policy formulation and effective implementation of education reforms, the ministry of HRD has been regularly convening meetings of the Central Advisory Board on Education (CABE), which is a composite body and is also the highest advisory body on education. All the schemes implemented by the Government of India are in consultation with the states which meet regularly through the meetings of CABE. Similarly, all reform initiatives are also through consensus evolved between the Centre and the States through the CABE.
Several initiatives are currently being undertaken in this direction such as in elementary education, the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009 and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) programme aim for improvements in school infrastructure and in teaching and learning.
Suggestions and inputs have been received from various stakeholders such as, individuals, organisations, autonomous bodies, MPs, GoI ministries and state governments on various aspects of education. The exercise of preparing a New Education Policy is still ongoing as a Committee for Draft National Education Policy under the Chairmanship of Dr K Kasturirangan has been constituted which will consider and examine all inputs and suggestions and is expected to submit its report by 31.03.2018. The committee is in the process of drafting this policy for which several meetings have been held so far.