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Panel to submit report on New National Education Policy by 31 March

(PTI) The HRD Ministry-appointed panel tasked with drafting a new National Education Policy will submit its report by March 31, Union minister Satyapal Singh said today.

The HRD ministry would deliberate on the report and thereafter present the suggestions of the committee to the Union Cabinet for its approval, the Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development said.

Speaking to PTI on the issue, Singh said the current education system followed a “colonial” mindset and the government was working on the new policy to upgrade the education system to suit the changing times.

Detailed discussions on the policy have been carried out and it is in the final stage of deliberations, he added.

Singh asserted that regional inequality and commercialisation of education would be done away with in the new policy.

He added that education would be made cheaper and easily accessible so that the nation can produce more engineers, scientist and doctors.

The government was working to set up a world-class education system for all, the minister said.

The existing National Education Policy was framed in 1986 and revised in 1992. A new National Education Policy was part of the manifesto of the BJP, which now governs the country.

Headed by former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief K Kasturirangan, the panel was set up by the human resource development (HRD) ministry in June last year.

Apart from Kasturirangan, the committee has eight members, including mathematician Manjul Bhargava and former IAS officer K J Alphonse. PTI

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