16 May, 2021

A Free Lesson In iNEPtitude

Will the HRD minister’s desire to leave her mark spell doom for the draft new education policy?

A Free Lesson In iNEPtitude

Points To Ponder

  • India has no policy to regulate functioning of education boards. There are some 50 unrecognised boards.
  • Nearly 58 per cent of our children do not finish primary school. It remains a major lacuna.
  • We have institutions to ensure quality education and teacher training but they are not accountable


It’s the one effort that, Smriti Irani believes, will stand as lasting testimony to her efficiency as Union HRD minister. She has, therefore, declared that the New Education Policy (NEP)—slated to decide the fate of at least 600 million students in the country—will be drafted in no more than eight months.

It is within this span that she plans to have “extensive democratic consultations”, across lakhs of gram panchayats, blocks, zones and states, to facilitate the formulation of the policy. She had set a target of completing 2.5 lakh consultations by August 2015.

However, until October,...

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