HRD Minister Smriti Irani has said that the draft of new education policy is being made and it would get completed by the end of December. Irani said, “Till now, education policies were prepared by some persons at the national level, but people at the ground level were never asked.”
Irani pointed out that she wants to get out from this prevailed system of forming educational policy and thus she is holding meetings with education ministers and district magistrates of every state in order to understand how the policy should take shape. While speaking at a conclave the HRD Minister said, “Till now plans were framed at national or state level. From education point of view if we prepare district-wise plan then the systematic change we want can be achieved.”
She was adamant about the fact that it was needed to understand what people at the district level are demanding from the new policy on hand. She further added, “I am going to request our institutions to revamp their curriculum and include technology learned in foreign countries in Indian institutions.”
Speaking about lack of choices in front of the future students, she said that the students should get proper choices of studies so that they don’t have to fly abroad for the same. She also said to focus not only about studies that can increase employability but also which can make the students understanding the meaning of life and philosophy of it. She said, “So, for me while employability is a corner stone, it has been equally important for me as to what type of citizens we prepare.”
She further added, “Our efforts are that along with revamping our curriculum, we invite foreign academicians at the cost of central government to come here and teach. We have started Global Initiative for Academic Network in which we have asked all the government institutions to provide a list of such academicians.”
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