A six-hour meeting took place between the HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar and senior members of RSS to discuss the newly formed education policy. This has been reported to be the first meeting with the Sangh related education matters.
Javadekar had an interaction with the members of:
- Vidya Bharati
- Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad
- Rashtriya Shaikshik Mahasangh
- Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal
- Sanskrit Bharati
- Shiksha Bachao Andolan
- Vigyan Bharati
- Itihas Sankalan Yojana
Other prominent people in the meeting were:
- Krishna Gopal, RSS joint general secretary,
- BJP president Amit Shah and
- Aniruddha Deshpande, RSS Akhil Bharatiya Sampark Pramukh
The main purpose of the meeting was to share the educational insights from Sangh’s side and their plans to ensure the teachings of nationalism, pride and ancient Indian values in modern education. The meeting was also used to update Mr. Javadekar about the ministry and apprise him with problems in the current education sector.
The meeting was also attended by Social Justice Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot and Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram as they are responsible for education of tribals, reserved castes and backward classes.
According to reports, a large section of people could not comment on the education policy due to the absence of Hindi version of the education policy. Javadekar has been asked to release the draft education policy in various languages and he has promised that the Hindi version of the draft will be released soon.
Apart from the meeting, RSS officials will also have a separate meeting with Javadekar to discuss their suggestions related to education policy.
Earlier the draft education policy was made public under the leadership of the former HRD minister, Smriti Irani, but RSS has raised some issue with the same as it did not include suggestions and inputs provided by its affiliate organisations at the time of national grassroot-level consultations.