The National Education Policy (NEP), which has been in the pipeline since long, is expected to be delayed even further (making this the fourth time since it was first announced). The reason for this fresh delay, as per officials, is that the committee which looks after the drafting of the policy has been accorded another extension, this time till October this year. The government-approved committee has former ISRO chief K Kasturirangan at the helm and was a brainchild of the Ministry of Human Resource Development in June 2017.
Initially meant to submit its report by December last year, the panel was given an extension till March 2018. Yet another extension was granted lasting till August 2018, before this one stretched the date further ahead by a couple of months.
“... it was felt that greater consultation was required with the states and education ministers. So, a two months’ extension has been granted. The basic work is complete but the committee is now going to hold consultations with various stakeholders, especially experts, and therefore it sought another extension,” said a senior HRD official.
The committee comprises of eight other members besides Kasturirangan and includes the likes of famed mathematician Manjul Bhargava. According to inside sources, the suggestions made by the panel are highly unlikely to be put into use this academic year, considering the fact that this year’s session is already in full swing.
“A number of policy decisions have already been taken. So, in effect, it will come into effect by the next academic year,” the HRD official added.