Work on new education policy gained ground in 2019

The HRD ministry held several rounds of consultations in 2019 to give a final shape to the new National Education Policy (NEP), sanctioned 13 new central universities and 50 Kendriya Vidyalayas, and implemented 10 per cent reservation for the economically weaker section of the general category.

Work on the BJP government's ambitious project -- the new education policy -- started with a committee headed by former ISRO chief K. Kasturirangan submitting the policy draft to Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank', who took charge as the new HRD Minister in the year gone by.

The draft was then put in public domain for feedback from stakeholders and over two lakh suggestions were received by the HRD Ministry.

But the draft ran into controversy, prompting the ministry to drop the contentious provision of mandatory teaching of Hindi in non-Hindi-speaking states and issue a revised one amid outrage over its earlier suggestion.

The DMK and other parties in Tamil Nadu strongly opposed the three-language formula in the draft NEP and alleged it tantamount to thrusting Hindi on non-Hindi-speaking states.

Concerns over funding to implement NEP and a lack of roadmap for the process were raised by stakeholders.

"Detailed consultations have been held over the draft and certain changes have been brought. The policy is in final stages. The final draft will be placed before the Cabinet soon in the coming month," a senior HRD Ministry official said.