K. Kasturirangan – Ex-ISRO to head National Education Policy Panel

K. Kasturirangan to Chair the Nine-Member Committee 

The wait is finally be over for a new Education Policy. Padma Vibhushan awardee and Ex-ISRO chief, Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan has been appointed as the Chairman of the nine-member panel to finalise the draft of New Education Policy.

Other Members of Panel

— Vice-Chancellor of SNDT University, Mumbai, and educationist Vasudha Kamat

–Retired bureaucrat K.J. Alphonse

–Princeton University Mathematics professor Manjul Bhargava

–Baba Saheb Ambedkar University of Social Sciences, Mhau

–Vice-Chancellor Ram Shankar Kureel (he wrote on inclusion of the marginal in mainstream education)

–Vice-Chancelllor of Tribal University, Amarkantak, TV Kattamani

–KM Tripathy from Uttar Pradesh

–Gauhati University Persian language professor Mahzar Asif

–CABE member M.K. Shridhar.

HRD Ministry said, “The council will start its work from immediate effect. In an exhaustive democratic exercise carried for last 30 months the HRD ministry has received thousands of suggestions from, educationists, teachers, experts, students and other stakeholders from across the country. Rajya Sabha debated the issues and a special education dialogue was organized in which 48 MPs from all parties participated. Many MPs have given their views in writing. MyGov platform collected views from more than 26, 000 people.”

National Education Policy of India

The National Policy of Education in India was first formulated in 1968. In 2015, a committee was formed under the chairmanship of TSR Subramanian to give inputs for formulating a New Education Policy under the then HRD Minister, Smriti Irani. After 11 months of the committee formulation, on October 1, 2016, the draft of National Education Policy 2016 was released. The recommendations, primarily addressing early childhood education, and quality improvement at all levels were implemented in bits and pieces. Few days back, Prakash Javadekar, Minister HRD promised the finalization of NEP this year.  All the inputs by the TSR Subramaniam committee will be considered by the committee in making its final draft.

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