New Delhi, Jun 11: The arrival of new National Education Policy (Draft) led many heated discussion, dispute Ied due to language clauses. But this new policy of educational policy actually suggested many far-reaching and influential suggestions.
Here are some most important changes suggested by New National Educational Policy-
The most important suggestion is the name change of the ministry. The policy proposes that the name of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) will be changed to the Ministry of Education (MoE). This is proposed in 2019 and expected to do in 2019 itself.
The draft suggests the top priority of establishment of the ‘Rashtriya Shiksha Aayog’ or ‘National Education Commission’ (NEC). Further, the draft proposes an appointments committee consisting of the Prime Minister, the Chief Justice of India, the Lok Sabha Speaker, Leader of Opposition and Union Minister for education will be constituted.
The NEP draft offers the entire higher education regulatory system will be transformed with a single regulatory body, and the existing multiple regulatory bodies will evolve into playing new roles. The National Higher Education Regulatory Authority (NHERA) will be set up as the single regulatory body for the entire higher education sector.
NEP also suggests, the University Grants Commission and existing regulatory bodies will be transformed into the Higher Education Grants Council (HEGC) and Professional Standard Setting Bodies (PSSBs), respectively.
To balance these bodies, the General Education Council (GEC) will be created as an academic leadership institution.
The NEP has recommended that early childhood education will be integrated with school education in all aspects.
The NEP draft has planned that the RTE Act will be reviewed systematically to enable the policy. Availability of free and compulsory quality pre-primary education will be included as an integral part of the RTE Act. With this, availability of free and compulsory quality education for Grades 9-12 will also be made an integral part of the RTE Act in 2020.
NEP draft emphasizes on the importance of ‘Liberal Arts’. The draft suggests Indian Institutes of Liberal Arts or Multidisciplinary Education and Research Universities will be set up as models of the liberal education approach.
By 2025, this will have a definite focus on the assimilation of vocational and professional education into mainstream higher education.