25 September, 2020

"Yes, We Have Talked About Yoga. But It’s Not A Saffron Report.”

Head of the panel that has drafted the new education policy, T.S.R. Sub­ramanian on quality education, recommendations and other things.

Photograph by Sanjay Rawat
"Yes, We Have Talked About Yoga. But It’s Not A Saffron Report.”
outlookindia.com
2016-06-25T11:53:22+05:30

A former cabinet secretary, he heads the panel that has drafted the new education policy, a manifesto promise of the BJP. Before this, he submitted a controversial report on the environment, which was rej­ected by the parliamentary standing committee. Last month, after a delayed submission of the draft education policy, he made quite a buzz by asking the HRD ministry to make it public. Predictably, the ministry ref­used. In a conversation with Anoo Bhuyan, T.S.R. Sub­ramanian reads out sections from the draft and speaks on matters such as quality of education and, specifically, on various policy recommendations concerning the right to education, detention in school, private universities and vocational training.

Why did you write to the government asking that your report be made public?

The notifications on this have all been open. We consulted 500 people and told them to speak freely. How can this be confidential now? I was one of the founders of the RTI (Right to Info­rmation). The acid...

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