NEW DELHI: Union Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ on Friday said the new National Education Policy will form the idea of ensuring equality and quality within the sector and rubbished allegations of “saffronisation” of holistic education.
The new policy, which was approved by the Union Cabinet last year, replaced the 34-year-old National Policy on Education in 1986.
“There is not any such thing as saffronisation of education. those that are alleging this, don’t have an accurate definition of saffronisation. Yes, we are respecting our maternal language but are countries like Israel and Japan which supply education in their language, behind others?” Education Minister Pokhriyal said in response to an issue at the India Economic Conclave.
Teaching up to class 5 in maternal language or regional language, lowering the stakes of board exams, one regulator for education institutions apart from law and medical colleges, and customary entrance tests for universities are a part of the new National Education Policy (NEP).
” isn’t knowledge, it’s just a language. Today when Germany has over 14 universities teaching Sanskrit, nobody asks them anything, once we do an equivalent , there are allegations of saffronisation,” the minister said.
“No language is being imposed on anyone. we have brought a brilliant new education policy which can ensure equality and equality within the education sector. ” pokhriyal said.
Among the salient features of the new NEP are also replacing the 10+2 structure of faculty curricula with a 5+3+3+4 structure like age groups 3-8, 8-11, 11-14 and 14-18 years respectively, scrapping of M.
Phil programmes and implementing common norms for personal and public education institutions.
The aim of the policy is to pave the way for transformative reforms in class and better education systems to make india a worldwide knowledge superpower.