The New Education Policy (NEP) would get announced for its initiation on the event of Republic Day in January 26. This would be the first time when a policy would get formulated based on the feedback from the grassroots levels which would involve people from every nook and corner of the nation. After discussing long among the HRD and many autonomous bodies the formation of this policy has come into being. This New Education Policy is due since 1986, when the last policy was made. There was a need for change in the policy with “changing dynamics of the population’s requirement with regards to quality education, innovation and research.”
The New Education Policy is unique in its way as it allows participation from the beneficiaries. The entire formation process in expected to take one year. In the process, there would be no national education commission, which was the plan of earlier UPA government, and the policy would be formulated only after discussing its prospects with all its possible stakeholders. According to a source, “We are letting ordinary citizens decide on what they want about education and not let a few intellectuals come up with a uniform policy for a country so diverse.”
The tree of discussion regarding the policy would begin from the village level, which then would go to block level, and after brainstorming it would reach to districts and finally to the states. At each level, the state would be responsible to bring out the best possible outcome suitable for the corresponding state. Final discussions over the policy would be taken at the Centre where every state would play a big role as stakeholders.
In order to begin the discussions in the levels, the government has shortlisted 32 themes (20 for higher education and 12 for school level education) and is expecting a good result to come out through discussions. On requirement there would be modifications in the themes.