Javadekar assured minorities that the ‘constitutional provisions’ on education will be tinkered with and clarified that the Union Cabinet has not cleared the New Education Policy (NEP). The NEP has been facing severe opposition in states such as Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Currently, NEP is in its making process, and only inputs have been raised and published by the media. Some of the people and organisations thought these inputs were a part of the New Education Policy and started protesting against the policy.
He indicated that these organisations thought that minority education would be taken off. However, he further clarified that the ministry does not want to tinker with the constitutional provision to minorities in terms of education. The constitution has provided certain freedom and provisions for the minority institutions.
Speaking about the controversy that surrounded NEP, he said that perceptions lead to a very different scenario. As of now, only inputs were published, and “no draft has been finalised”. The ministry has received thousands of suggestions on NEP, and the ministry is preparing a new draft which will go to the cabinet for approval. Various stakeholders have been involved in this matter.
Javadekar also expressed that education is not a political agenda but a national one. The ministry has called for a meeting with Parliamentarians on November 10, 2016, where the MPs will share their ideas on NEP. Around 100 MPs are expected to attend the meeting.
He stated that so far, the NEP has received hundreds of positive suggestions. The ministry will prepare a final draft which will be put before the people.
He concluded that the Modi government has been consistently working to improve the quality of education and are emphasising on innovation.