New National Education Policy gets cabinet approval, announcement later today

The National Education Policy (NEP) has been cleared by the Modi cabinet and the announcement will be made at 4pm today, by HRD Minister Ramesh Nishank and I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) has been renamed as the Ministry of Education. The announcement will be made later today.

“The policy draft has been approved. The Ministry has been renamed as Education Ministry,” a senior HRD Ministry official told the media.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May had deliberated on the reforms required in the education sector, including the National Education Policy (NEP). Special emphasis was given on the use of technology in the education sector and enhancing learning and adapting by the use of technology such as online classes, education portal and class-wise broadcast on dedicated education channels.

According to the HRD Ministry, the National Education Policy was framed in 1986 and modified in 1992. More than three decades have passed since the previous policy was formulated.

Keeping in mind the changes, a new education policy is needed. It was decided to usher in education reforms to create a vibrant knowledge society by ensuring higher quality education to all, this making India a “global knowledge super power’, a government statement had said.